Latest ‘Tale’ choice opens with cliffhanger

October 14, 2010
Ben Beagle

The next book in the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project … will be revealed Monday.

For the second year in a row, four libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties will make a simultaneous announcement of the title that readers will spend the next several months reading and talking about. The author is scheduled to visit in mid-March 2011 for a series of talks and book signings.

The announcement will be made at 7 p.m. Monday during special programs at Richmond Memorial Library 19, Ross St., Batavia; The Alfred C. O’Connell Library at Genesee Community College, 1 College Rd., Batavia; Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave., Medina; and Perry Public Library, 70 North Main St., Perry.

Each event will feature themed refreshments and door prizes. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase or to borrow from the libraries.

“This is a relatively short event, and we hope that people will be inclined to stop in, have some dessert and coffee and put their names in for the drawing,” said Leslie DeLooze, the Richmond librarian who started the Tale project in 2003.

DeLooze plans a brief introduction of the Tale project, the unveiling of the book and a video clip from the author’s website.

In Perry, where the announcement will include directors from other Wyoming County libraries, the event will also serve as the kick-off for the library’s Fall 2010 Booked for the Evening discussion series, director Peggy Parker said.

This will be the ninth year of the program, which is organized by public libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties and GCC.

Tale encourages readers in the three counties to read the same book, come to a discussion event, and then meet the author during a series of visits to each county. The goal is to foster literacy, promote discussion among all kinds of people and create a positive experience for the community.

Book discussions begin in January. The project, which also includes a book review contest, culminates with the author visits in March. Winners of the book review contest are invited to a special lunch with the author program.

Books are chosen based acclaim received from reviews or awards, an accessibilty to readers of many ages, a story that encourages the discussion of literature and a theme that includes small town or rural family life. Tale organizers seek out upcoming authors, or authors that are not as well known among area readers. It is also important that the author be available to participate in a series of visits.

Previous titles have been “Peace Like a River” by Leif Enger, “Northern Borders” by Howard Frank Mosher, “A Bleak Midwinter” by Julia Spencer-Fleming, “A Northern Light” by Jennifer Donnelly, “An Unfinished Life” by Mark Spragg, “The Last Town on Earth” by Thomas Mullen, “Separate From the World” by P.L. Gaus and “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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