Jan. 12, 2008
By Ben Beagle
There are several ways to participate in this year’s “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project.
It begins with reading the featured book, The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen.
There are 18 book discussions scheduled at libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties as part of the project, and a book review contest that includes lunch with the author as its prize.
The discussions, scheduled during mornings, afternoons and evenings, begin Feb. 16 and run through March 12. Mullen will visit each county for talks and booksignings March 13 to 15.
Some libraries are planning displays and lectures to offer a local perspective on the period in Mullen’s novel.
Richmond Memorial Library has a display of items from Charles Graham, a World War I soldier. These include his helmet, gas mask in the carrying bag, dog tag, medals, the family’s star flag that denoted a son in the service, and several small books that soldiers carried.
The library has scheduled a “History Sandwiched In” program Feb. 27 with Genesee County Historian Susan Conklin, who will talk about the Spanish flu in Genesee County in 1918. Modeled after the library’s “Books Sandwiched In” review series, the history program begins at 12:10 p.m. and lasts about 50 minutes.
Swan Library in Albion is also planning a program on Feb. 20 with historian Neil Johnston.
For the fifth consecutive year, readers may enter a book review contest sponsored by The Daily News. Up to six winners will gather at a restaurant on March 14 for lunch with the author and a chance to discuss his writing.
Reviews of 150 words or less must be submitted using an official entry form that can be found in The Daily News.
Today, the entry appears in the “A Tale for Three Counties” special section (it will also appear several more times in the newspaper).
Entries must be received at The Daily News by Feb. 16.
Winners will be chosen by the “Tale” organizing committee. Judges will consider readers’ reaction to the overall book, a theme or character, and how effectively that reaction is expressed. Tell us what you liked or didn’t like.
“TALE”EVENTS:A schedule is included in today’s special section, and online at www.taleforthreecounties.org.
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