Get hooked on a book

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January 28, 2004

The first chapter of a book has to hook you — make you want to read more. The second chapter has to find a way to keep you reading. And the second ”chapter” of ”A Tale for Three Counties” surely is compelling.
Like its debut year, ”Tale” offers up a satisfying read, public discussions and the chance to meet the author. Last year, more than 1,000 people participated in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, reading Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.

This year’s selection is Northern Borders by Howard Frank Mosher, a story of growing up in northern Vermont. An Egypt-obsessed grandmother and secretive grandfather flavor the memories of the narrator, Austen Kittredge III, as he recounts the goings on at the one-room schoolhouse, and at the county fair, family reunion and other events.

”Mosher often writes about rural life,” project leader Leslie DeLooze told The Daily News, ”and in Northern Borders family is very important.” Reading such family stories, she said, can spur people to think about what’s happening in their own families.

A twist this year is the showing of films that have been adapted from other works by Mr. Mosher: A Stranger in the Kingdom, High Water and Where the Rivers Flow North. Local filmmaker Rob LaPointe will lead a discussion of the short film, High Water, at Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, Feb. 28. Other showings are planned at Richmond, at Cordelia A. Greene Library in Castile and Swan Library in Albion during February.

Mr. Mosher will visit the area March 25-27 for four programs and book signings. One of those programs is a luncheon featuring six winners of a book review contest sponsored by The Daily News — another twist to this year’s ”Tale.”

Northern Borders is available for loan or purchase at participating libraries, and book discussions start Monday at Community Free Library in Holley. Other discussions are planned at libraries in all three counties through March 20 — call your local library or check on the Web at http://tale3counties.nioga.org for a schedule and more information.

If that isn’t enough to hook you, perhaps nothing will. But if you love reading and want to take it to another level by sharing the experience with others and meeting the author, give A Tale of Three Counties a try.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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