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 2016

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 What Stands in the Storm by Kim Cross has been chosen for the eleventh 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 12, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road.

The Book

What Stands in the Storm

April 27, 2011 marked the climax of a superstorm that saw a record 349 tornadoes rip through twenty-one states in three days, seven hours and eighteen minutes. It was the deadliest day of the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history, which left at least 324 people killed, entire neighborhoods erased, and $11 billion in damages. Yet from the disaster comes a redemptive message: In times of trouble, the things that tear our world apart also reveals what holds us together. Kim Cross weaves together the heart-wrenching stories of several characters - including three college students, a celebrity weatherman, and a team of hard-hit rescuers - to create a nail-biting chronicle in the Tornado Alley of America.

The Author

After graduating suma cum laude from University of Alabama with a journalism degree, Kim Cross joined the founding editorial team of Business 2.0 magazine to cover the dot-com boom (and bust) in San Francisco. She returned to Tuscaloosa for a graduate fellowship from the journalism school, where she published in-depth reporting projects for The Annison Star and the Birmingham News. As a beat and spot news reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, she honed her reporting skills, then refined her feature writing at the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times). She also worked on the staff at Southern Living and Cooking Light for nearly a decade, quitting only to work on the book. Kim lives in Birmingham with her husband and seven-year-old son. www.kimhcross.com

Programs and Activities

We encourage book clubs to read and discuss this book but we will also sponsor book discussions that will be held at the library:

Noonday Nosh Book Club - Roswell Reads
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 12 Noon
Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell
The book club will discuss this year's Roswell Reads selection, What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross. For more information, call 770-640-3075.

Roswell Reads Book Discussion
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 11 a.m.
Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell
Led by Judy Bart. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. RSVP to (770) 641-3950.

Wine and Cheese & Book Discussion
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Arts Center on Fouts Road, 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell
Enjoy wine and cheese and participate in a lively book discussion of What Stands in a Storm led by Debbie Weiss, founder of the Women’s Book Reviews website. Admission is complimentary; register online at Eventbrite.com, Search Word “Roswell Reads” or RSVP to RoswellReads@gmail.com.

Sunday Afternoon at the Library
Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell
Join retired Roswell High School English teacher Nancy Gore to discuss What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross.

Children's Book Discussion & Red Cross Pillowcase Project
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell
Children and parents are invited to this two-part event led by Fulton County Public Schools Media Specialist Heidi Glenn. The group will discuss this year's Roswell Reads children's book selection, I Survived The Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis. Participants will also decorate and take home a special pillowcase to store their emergency supplies. Grades 3 – 6.

Children's Book &Tornado Science Discussion
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076
Discuss I Survived The Joplin Tornado 2011, by Lauren Tarshis, and explore the science behind tornadoes. Grades 2 – 4.

Writing Workshop - True Stories Well Told: Writing Narrative Nonfiction
Friday, March 11, 2016, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon
Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Room 220, Roswell
Kim Cross, who teaches journalism at the University of Alabama, will lead a workshop for journalism students and professionals as well as aspiring writers. Open to the public, no charge. RSVP to RoswellReads@gmail.com

Stand in a Storm: Know the Signs and Be Ready!
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7 p.m.
Roswell Visual Arts Center, located inside Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Phone: 770-594-6122
Katie Walls, WSB-TV meteorologist, will describe how tornadoes and other storms are formed. Chris Cooper, Roswell Fire Department, and Zach Frommer, Roswell Police Department, will explain how the City of Roswell is prepared to handle any disaster and how you can prepare for the kind of weather emergencies we could experience in Roswell: Severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, and snow storms.

Literary Luncheon
The award-winning author will talk about this book and her writing at the Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, 770-641-3950. Luncheon tickets are $20 each and are available only online at roswellreads.eventbrite.com. Reserved seating for groups of six or more. Please purchase tickets by Friday, March 4th.

We welcome and encourage everyone to read this book, to attend a book discussion or one of our programs, and to join us for a Literary Luncheon with the author on Saturday, March 12, at 11:30 at the Adult Recreation Center on Grimes Bridge Road. For questions or more information, please e-mail us at roswellreads@gmail.com.

The Children's Book Selection

I Survived The Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis
*Recommended for Grades 3 – 6
A destructive force is about to hit the city of Joplin. Eleven-year-old Dexter has always wanted to see a tornado. So when he gets the incredible opportunity to go storm chasing with the famous Dr. Norman Rays, he has to say yes! Dr. Rays is the host of Tornado Mysteries, the show that Dex and his older brother, Jeremy, watched every night until Jeremy joined the U.S. Navy SEALs and left Joplin. Dex certainly knows how deadly tornadoes can be, but this one isn't heading toward Joplin, and wouldn't it be great to have a brave and exciting story of his own to tell Jeremy when he comes home? But when the tornado shifts direction, Dexter's bravery is about to get seriously tested.
Children's Book Discussion & Red Cross Pillowcase Project: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Children's Book & Tornado Science Discussion in East Roswell: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Community Outreach

This year, the American Red Cross will be on hand at the Literary Luncheon to provide information about emergency preparedness, blood donations and the Pillowcase Project. The American Red Cross Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3–5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Disney is the current sponsor of the program. Now in its second year in Georgia, the Pillowcase Project is thriving in local communities. Presentations help participants learn, practice and share preparedness information. Upon completion of the class, they receive a sturdy pillowcase and are encouraged to build a personal emergency supplies kit for use at home. The American Red Cross Pillowcase Project will present a program to STAR House students at Mimosa Elementary and Esther Jackson Elementary Schools.

SPONSORS

The Roswell Reads Committee gratefully acknowledges our sponsors:
The City of Roswell
Friends of the Roswell Library
Friends of the East Roswell Library
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
Roswell and East Roswell Library

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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

2015
The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

2014
Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

2013
Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall

2012
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

2011
My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

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

2009
Them by Nathan McCall

2008
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

2007
The Valley of Light by Terry Kay

2006
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam


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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