“One Book One Town” selection is all about reading
Published 9:46 am, Wednesday, January 11, 2017
FAIRFIELD — “We need to read and to be readers, now more than ever.”
That line, from Will Schwalbe’s “Books for Living,” helped kick off Tuesday’s announcement of this year’s “One Book One Town,” selection — or rather, selections.
“It takes a couple of villages to get this off the ground,” Town Librarian Karen Ronald said. The selection committee is made up of librarians, teachers, community volunteers, members of Fairfield Univeristy, the Fairfield Museum and History Center and the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library. The friends group is primary financial sponsor of the town-wide initiative.
“Both of these are very interesting reads,” Ronald said. “When we do this process, we have really no idea where we’re going. But the committee agreed it was more than high time to celebrate reading front and center.”
The committee read close to 30 books over four months before making their selections.
“Books for Living” is about the books that have shaped the life of one man as he navigates the modern world, while “A Child of Books” is a journey into the imagination of young book-lovers.”
Ronald said both books are suitable for all ages, but she said they suggest parents may want to read Schwalbe’s book before sharing it with younger children.
The signature event will be a visit by Schwalbe on March 15 to Fairfield University’s Quick Center. There will also be, once again, a writing contest on the topic “A Book That Speaks to Me Pesonally.” Submissions will be evaluated by professional judges, and winners will be invited to a special reception for Schwalbe, and will receive an autographed copy of “Books for Living.”