Thursday, November 17, 2011
Let winter come, with its storms and stress. Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans county readers have a new Tale for Three Counties book to take their minds off the worst of the weather. This year’s selection, Yannick Murphy’s “The Call,” was announced Monday night.
This is, by the way, the 10th year for the community reading program which grows in numbers of participants each year. A Tale for Three Counties has earned a reputation for selecting books that are not only good reads, but that also provoke thoughtful discussion. Nineteen public libraries, Genesee Community College, The Daily News and Genesee Valley Educational Partnerships School Library are all involved in the project. The selection committee looks for books by authors who may not be familiar but who have received critical acclaim, and stories that relate to rural themes. That is certainly the case with The Call, which tells the story of a small-town veterinarian and his family who must deal with the consequences of a hunting accident.
Selections typically appeal to both younger and older readers. In a world where there are many forces to pull a community apart, the Tale project thus serves to pull together a community of readers. For, while the reading of the book may be a solitary act, the discussion groups allow readers to exchange ideas and thoughts about the book and its author. Book discussions for “The Call” begin in January. Also, each year’s Tale concludes with a visit from the author, where people get a chance to meet the writer and ask questions; Ms. Murphy is scheduled to visit all three Tale counties March 22-24, 2012.
Ms. Murphy said this is the first time one of her books has been selected for a community reading project. She called it an honor and inspiration.
Copies of “The Call” are available for loan or purchase at public libraries and bookstores throughout Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties. Check out the Tale Web site at www.taleforthreecounties.org for more information, or ask at your community library.
There’s no need to encourage past Tale participants to get their books and join the discussions — they look forward to each year’s selection. If you haven’t before participated, however, consider giving it a try. You’ll meet old friends and make new ones. And you’ll have something to talk about besides the Bills and the weather.
Courtesy of Batavia Newpapers Corporation