ROSWELL READS - A Community-Wide Reading Event

Imagine hundreds of Roswell residents sharing the experience of reading and discussing a common book and you have the essence of Roswell Reads. It is based on the "One Book...One City" community reading programs held across the country.


ROSWELL READS SELECTION FOR 2015

The Roswell Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, The City of Roswell, the Friends of the Roswell Library and the Roswell Reads Committee announce that the memoir The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande has been chosen for the Tenth annual Roswell Reads Community Read program. The award-winning author will talk about this book and her writing at the Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road.

THE BOOK

The Distance Between Us is Reyna Grande’s personal, heart-wrenching, and ultimately triumphant memoir about her journey from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented child immigrant, whereshe learned that the separation between a parent and child can be measured as much in emotional distance and abandonment as it can be in miles. An engaging writer with a talent for infusing her narrative with personal and affecting characterizations and stories, Grande truly offers an unprecedented look into the immigration experience and the reality that millions of people are facing each day. The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Distance Between Us is available for checkout in English and Spanish at the Roswell and East Roswell Libraries (opening soon) and in Overdrive formats through the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System website www.afpls.org. Books are for sale as e-books and at the Friends of the Roswell Library Book Store and will be on sale at the Literary Luncheon where the author will sign them.

THE AUTHOR: REYNA GRANDE, Award-Winning Novelist and Memoirist

The Distance Between Us (Atria Books 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, is Reyna Grande’s eye-opening memoir about her life before and after illegally emigrating from Mexico to the United States. Born in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico to be raised by her grandparents. In 1985, when Reyna was going on ten, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. Reyna was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She holds a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. An active promoter of Latino literature, Reyna teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension, speaks at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation, and is at work on her next novel. Visit her website: www.ReynaGrande.com.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS

NOONDAY NOSH BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, February 17. 12:00 p.m.
Roswell Library

SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE LIBRARY WITH MARY APPS
Sunday, March 1. 2:00 p.m.
Roswell Library

DANA BARRETT AND FRIENDS
Tuesday, March 3. 7 p.m.
Pastis Restaurant
928 Canton Street
Roswell, Georgia 30075

EAST ROSWELL LIBRARY becomes part of ROSWELL READS
Sunday, March 8. 2:00 p.m.
Debbie Weiss leads a book discussion.
East Roswell Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, Georgia 30076

DISCUSIÓN DEL LIBRO EN ESPAÑOL
Saturday, March 7. 2 p.m.
Roswell Library

CHILDREN’S BOOK SELECTION

My Diary From Here To There by Amada Irma Perez
One night, young Amada overhears her parents whisper of moving from Mexico to the other side—to Los Angeles, where greater opportunity awaits. As she and her family make their journey north, Amada records her fears, hopes, and dreams for their lives in the United States in her diary.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
My Diary from There to Here
Saturday, February 28. 2 p.m.
Roswell Library
Hear the children’s book selection read in English and Spanish. Then discuss your family history and start your own diary. The children will talk about their past through today. Led by Vicky Jaksic and Martha Powell, Media Specialists in the Fulton County Public Schools.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Roswell Reads has arranged some exciting community programs in connection with the 2015 Book selection. All programs are free and open to the public.

Immigration Stories
Tuesday, March 10. 7 p.m.
Roswell Library
StoryCorps, whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, comes to Roswell to share a few powerful immigration stories from their impressive library and moderate a panel of local people who have emigrated from foreign countries to our community. Daniel Horowitz Garcia, StoryCorps Regional Manager in Atlanta, will facilitate.

Writing Your Story: There’s More Than “Me” in Memoir
Friday, March 13. 10 a.m.
Roswell Adult Recreation Center
830 Grimes Bridge Road
Multipurpose Room
Writers at all levels are invited to this free two-hour writing workshop to learn ways to make your personal memoir resonate with you and yours and readers everywhere. Jessica Handler, memoirist and author of Invisible Sisters and Braving the Fire, will help you tell your story and learn how to capture your reader’s heart and imagination. Registration is required: Call 770-640-3075.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

STAR House Foundation
As a Community Outreach Program, Roswell Reads is partnering with STAR House Foundation, a nonprofit after-school tutoring and mentoring program servicing at-risk children in Roswell. Founded in 1993, STAR House is seeking, teaching and reaching our children who are in need of extra support in the schools they are already attending. Volunteer teachers and coaches work with more than 250 students per day in Roswell giving extra attention to support academic and social success. Literary Luncheon attendees will have an opportunity to help support this community program.

FINAL EVENT

A Literary Luncheon with author Reyna Grande
Saturday, March 14. 11:30 a.m.
Roswell Adult Recreation Center
830 Grimes Bridge Road
(770) 641-3950 Ms. Grande will discuss her life and work. Luncheon tickets are $20 each. Tickets are available online at www.RoswellReads.com or may be purchased in person (no mail-ins) at the Friends of the Roswell Library Bookstore at the Roswell Library. Reserved seating for groups of six or more.

SPONSORS

The Roswell Reads Committee gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of Roswell Reads:
City of Roswell
Friends of the Roswell Library
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and the Roswell Library
Funding for this program is provided by the City of Roswell under the guidance of the Roswell Arts Commission.

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A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ROSWELL READS

Roswell Reads, ten years strong, brings a variety of literature and accompanying programs to the community. Programs, usually held in January, February and March, may include book discussions, panel discussions, a photo contest, writing workshops, and other programs relevant to the themes in the book. The highlight is a Literary Luncheon with the author of the current Roswell Reads selection.

Funding for the Roswell Reads program is provided by the City of Roswell under the guidance of the Roswell Arts Commission.

Additional support is provided by:
The City of Roswell
Friends of the Roswell Library
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and the Roswell Library
Roswell Junior Woman’s Club

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS

2014
Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
2014 Program Brochure

2013
Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall
2013 Program Brochure

2012
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
2012 Program Brochure

2011
My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
2011 Program Brochure

2010
Outcasts United: A Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town by Warren St. John
2010 Program Brochure

2009
Them by Nathan McCall
2009 Program Brochure

2008
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
2008 Program Brochure

2007
The Valley of Light by Terry Kay
Winner of the 2007 City of Roswell Cultural Arts Board's CABY Award
2007 Program Brochure

2006
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
2006 Programs


MISSION STATEMENT

Roswell Reads ... a City Reading is the shared experience that Roswell residents have when they come together as a community to read and discuss a common book. This community building event involves people in reading and talking about issues and ideas presented in a book they have all read.

The book chosen should have strong characters and present themes that address the human condition. Authors from the Southeast are strongly considered. The book should appeal to adults and teens alike as well as people of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds who live in Roswell. If possible, we choose a complementary book for children so that a younger audience can also be involved.

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Tuesday
12:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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