Tale for a new season

Commentary
Nov. 8, 2006

Just in time to brighten an overcast autumn … Tale for Three Counties organizers have announced this year’s featured book, An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg.

A growing number of people in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties look forward to reading and discussing Tale selections and then meeting the author in spring. The program began in 2003 with Leif Enger’s debut novel, Peace Like a River . Following years brought Howard Frank Mosher ( Northern Borders ), Julia Spencer Fleming ( In the Bleak Midwinter ) and Jennifer Donnelly ( A Northern Light ).

This year’s selection has a contemporary Western setting and so is a departure from settings of other Tale selections. Organizers said the story concerns family, forgiveness and relationships that bind, even after death, and is both funny and heartbreaking at times.

Mr. Spragg is tentatively scheduled to visit local libraries between March 8 and 10, 2007.

The opportunity to meet the author and listen to his or her presentation makes Tale for Three Counties special. By the time the author arrives, there is already a following among local readers, who have gone on to read the author’s other books.

Leslie DeLooze, the reference and community services librarian at Richmond Memorial Library, deserves much of the credit for the yearly program, but she has a lot of help from other libraries in the three counties. Organizers take great pains in choosing fiction that appeals to both adult and teen readers, with a theme of rural family life or local history, plenty of topics and issues for discussion, and literary merit acknowledged through professional reviews or awards. They take special pleasure in introducing relatively unknown authors to local readers.

Selections from previous years have all proved delightful – compelling, intriguing and satisfying as the best books are. The quality of past selections commends the current selection.

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