Welcome, Dear Reader
Since 2003, we’ve used good books and thoughtful programs to explore important topics of the day — intellectual freedom, poverty, war, autism, community service. We’ve gathered individuals and organizations into what has become a county-wide book club. Along the way, many hundreds of you have joined as avid Reading Together fans. We appreciate your participation and your excitement upon learning each year’s selected title.
We are equally excited to introduce you to the 2009 selections, three memoirs by Rick Bragg — All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, and The Prince of Frogtown. They’re about his childhood in northeastern Alabama, about events and circumstances that shaped the writer and the man. And they’re about people and families, something all of us can relate to.
If there’s a theme to this year’s books, it’s a celebration of beautiful words by an author who writes like he’s telling you a story at the dinner table. The kind of story that makes you forget dessert because you’re still sitting there, listening hard. As one reviewer said, Rick Bragg’s talent is so fine, other writers are paralyzed with envy.
Our Steering Committee and partners have packaged six weeks of programs to help you enjoy the books even more. Visit the calendar of events to learn more. And do mark your calendar now for Rick Bragg’s visit to Kalamazoo on April 14.
Find the books and their audio versions at your library or bookstore. Read and share them with friends. I look forward to seeing you at book discussions and other events this spring. Enjoy!