Community Read


Come 
Into the Wild with us,

as all of Geneva delves into Jon Krakauer's fascinating account of  Christopher McCandless's ill-fated Alaskan adventure. The highlight of this month-long event will be a talk by McCandless's sister, Carine, whose memoir, "The Wild Truth," will be published this fall. 
Join us at the Pat Collins Black Box Theatre March 3 for a 6 p.m. complimentary Kick-Off Reception hosted by WEOS/WXXI, followed at 7 p.m. by Carine McCandless, who will answer questions and sign books. The College Store will be selling copies of Into the Wild at the event.

McCandless's talk is made possible with funding from the Geneva Public Library, Geneva City School District, Hobart and William Smith Colleges/Geneva 2020, Finger Lakes Community College and Lyons National Bank.

Photo courtesy of Carine McCandless



Thank you to WXXI/WEOS for hosting Community Read's opening reception!

Other events will include:

March 6: Books and Brunch at The College Store, 51 St. Clair St. Stop by for a complimentary noontime buffet of light fare and a daylong discount of 20 percent off all items in the store.

March 12: “Talking Wild,” POSTPONED a book discussion of Into the Wild, led by Jennifer Morris, 7 p.m., Geneva Public Library.

March 24: “A Tiny House on the Top of the World.” Retired FLCC Professor Marty Dodge’s will talk about his 2013 work at the Bushwhack Alaska Camp, 6:30 p.m., Geneva Public Library. Followed by "Talking Wild," a book discussion of Into the Wild, led by Jennifer Morris, 7:30 p.m., Geneva Public Library

March 25: Literary Lecture: "Life and Death in the Last Frontier," Geneva High School Library Media Center. HWS Professor Scott MacPhail, who uses Into the Wild in his First Year Seminar. With him for talks at 1 and 1:45 p.m. will be William Smith sophomore Elizabeth Lunderman, who spent last summer in Alaska.

March 29: Book Fest, 12:30 to 3 p.m., at the Geneva Community Center on Carter Road. This annual event features dozens of community booths, each featuring a reading-related activity for young children.

March 31: “Wild Inedibles,” HWS biology Professor Beth Newell will talk about poisonous plants at 7:30 p.m., in the South Parlor of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva at 24 Park Place.


For younger readers:
The theme of self-reliance runs through the Community Read books that Geneva Reads has purchased this year for all students enrolled in Geneva's public and parochial schools. While high-schoolers will receive a copy of Into the Wild -- and several extra copies are now available at the Geneva Public Library (both paperback and audio) -- students in grades 5-8 are receiving a copy of Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen; grades 3-4, Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner; grades K-2, The Raft by Jim LaMarche. William Smith College students created reading guides to each of these books; check back to view them from this page.

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