“Lenox Reads Together”

February 20, 2013

EVENT: Lenox Reads Together, a town-wide read of Empire Falls by Richard Russo

WHEN: Online activities begin February 1, with additional events through March and early April, 2013

WHERE: The Lenox Library and additional locations as scheduled CONTACT: the library at 637-2630; info@lenoxlib.org

Lenox Reads Together

The Lenox Library announces a town-wide book read of the Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Empire Falls by Richard Russo, beginning February 1. Called “Lenox Reads Together,” the project will provide an opportunity to talk about a fictional town and to think about how townspeople themselves direct their own destinies. Published in 2001, the novel follows Miles Roby of Empire Falls, Maine, who seems to barely get by as the town, and his life, slowly crumbles around him, until he finally makes a decision.

“The idea for a town read grew out of conversations several residents were having about how local government works, and how confusing it can be to get involved,” said Lenox Library’s Sharon Hawkes. “Committees, agendas, protocols, budgets — how can we weed through it all to effect change? We hope that, by talking about the sometimes humorous, sometimes horrific community of Empire Falls, we can also think about how we all play a part in helping our town to thrive.”

Email and Facebook discussions will take place throughout the month of February, with additional activities planned in March. The library will host the showing of the HBO movie version of “Empire Falls” on March 2 and 9 at the library at 6:30 p.m. In-person book discussions will be held at the library on March 14 at 6:30pm and at The Bookstore on April 4 at 7:00pm. Excerpts of the documentary, “Farewell to Factory Towns?” with a conversation with the film’s creator, economics professor Maynard Seider, will take place on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30. Two discussion sessions with town government officials are being planned for early April.

Multiple copies of the book will be made available for borrowing from the library. Additional copies of the book are available for purchase through The Bookstore on Housatonic Street in Lenox. All activities will be free and open to the public. For further information, and to sign up for the library’s email list, email info@lenoxlib.org, call 637-2630, or stop by the main desk of the library.

Press Release, Lenox Reads Together, 1-24-13

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