Maynard Reads Together 2012
The Trustees and Friends of the Library are pleased to present our third Maynard Reads Together program this spring. A community reading program is designed to encourage participation in a town-wide discussion of a topic suggested by one or more books. These programs usually include book discussions, arts events, historical presentations, tours, musical concerts, film screenings and author readings in order to appeal to town residents of all ages and interests. Reading one of the recommended titles is encouraged but not required for participation! What's more important is enjoying an event and talking to friends and neighbors about the focal topic. We hope then you'll be inspired to read more.
This year, we have chosen Richard Russo's novel Empire Falls and Andre Dubus III's memoir Townie in order to explore the theme The Stories We Tell--stories about ourselves, our families, our town and our history. Empire Falls, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, tells the story of an economically depressed Maine mill town and the Roby, Minty and Whiting families that live there. Written with sensitivity and humor, the book follows Miles Roby, manager of the Empire Grill diner, as he uncovers truths about his mother that free him from old ties to the domineering town matriarch Francine Whiting. Dealing with similar issues of class disparity and the bleak outlook for the working poor in dying mill towns, Townie recounts Dubus's coming of age in Haverhill in the seventies. After years of fighting in order to protect himself and his family, Dubus finds that writing gives him a sense of self and purpose that turns his life around.
Both books are available from the display table at the library entrance or can be ordered through the MInuteman catalog. Both are also available in digital form on the library's new Nook Color and Kindle Fire. Visit or call the Reference Desk for more information.
We're delighted to announce that Richard Russo and Andre Dubus will be in Maynard on Saturday, March 31 as part of the First Annual Maynard Book Festival. This will be a tremendous opportunity to hear two exceptional writers talk about the craft of storytelling through novels, short stories, screenplays and memoirs. The one-day Maynard Book Festival will include writing workshops for adults and children, two book signings, and an author panel discussion with New England authors Margot Livesey, Roland Merullo and Jane Brox. Read more about the Festival and see a schedule of events. Click here to read more about books by these authors.
The Maynard Reads Together program will run from March 1 through early June with something for everyone, exploring the theme of The Stories We Tell. Events include a documentary film series, book discussions, a radio show on WAVM, a concert, several discussions, an Open Mike songwriting challenge, a special night at Acme Theater, a photography exhibit, a tea party, a walking tour of Maynard, a Skit Slam and more. Our colleagues at Green Meadow School and Fowler Middle School are planning special programs too. Click here for a listing of events.
If you'd like some suggestions for other reading on the themes of the program, we've created lists for adults and for elementary school, middle school and high school students.
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Financial assistance for this special project is made possible with Federal funds from the Institute on Museum and Library Services administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Additional funding is provided by The Friends of the Library.