Discussions have readers rethinking ‘Tale’ title

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011
By Ben Beagle, bbeagle@batavianews.com

One of the attractions to book discussions is the chance to get another person’s perspective on a book that you’ve read.

At least one participate at Swan Library’s discussion of Hillary Jordan’s “Mudbound” said Wednesday night that she was going to re-read the book.

After hearing different opinions and comments at the discussion, she said that she might look at some things differently after a second reading.

“Mudbound” is this year’s selection for the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project. For the past two weeks, and continuing through March 9, area readers are gathering a libraries and other venues to talk about the book. The discussions allow readers to share ideas and prepare for a series of visits from the author, scheduled March 10 to 12.

Carolyn Ricker, owner of Bindings Bookstore in Albion and a new Tale sponsor, led the discussion at Swan Library.

Ricker brought Mississippi Mud Pie — which participants report was delicious — and a cotton boll. She also provided an informational sheet about the author, discussion questions, and shared several books with similar themes and issues that participants might consider for future reading.

“Mudbound” is set is the Mississippi Delta in the years just after World War II and follows to farm families, one white and one black, as they navigate a society very much divided on racial lines.

Jordan’s use of multiple narrators was well-liked by the seven people who attended the discussion.

Here’s a schedule of upcoming book discussions:

* Feb. 17: 6 p.m. Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott St., Le Roy, (585) 768-8300.
* Feb. 22: 7 p.m. Perry Public Library, 70 North Main St., Perry, (585) 237-2243.
* Feb. 28: 6:30 p.m. Stevens Memorial Community Library, 146 Main St., Attica, (585) 591-3855.
* March 1: 7 p.m. Gainesville Public Library, 10 Church St., Silver Springs, (585) 493-2970; Warsaw Public Library, 130 North Main St., Warsaw, (585) 786-5650.
* March 2: 7 p.m. Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia, (585) 343-9550.
* March 3: 11 a.m. Genesee Community College, Alfred C. O’Connell Library, 1 College Rd., Batavia, (585) 343-0055.; 6:30 p.m. Corfu Free library, 7 Maple Ave., Corfu, (585) 599-3321; 7 p.m., Genesee Community College.
* March 4: 1:30 p.m. Genesee Community College, Batavia.
* March 7: 1 p.m. Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave., Medina, (585) 798-3430.
* March 9: 7:45 a.m. Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia; and 12:30 p.m. Genesee Community College, Batavia.

Jordan’s appearances are scheduled for March 10 to 12. She has two talks and book signings on March 10: 1 p.m. at Genesee Community College and 7 p.m. at Richmond Memorial Library, both in Batavia. Other programs with Jordan are set for 7 p.m. March 11 at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, Medina; and 2 p.m. March 12, at Perry Elementary/Middle School, 50 Olin Ave., Perry, in a program hosted by Perry Public Library.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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