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.


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 The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene has been chosen for the twelfth 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 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road.

The Book

The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love

"Dogs are pretty much the best living beings on the planet," wrote one book reviewer. "For more proof, look no further than The Underdogs, Melissa Fay Greene's latest, elegantly rendered, and undeniably moving book."

There are children so isolated-as a result of illness, disability, or calamity-as to seem unreachable. But it turns out that a profoundly solitary child may give friendship a try if the playmate who shows up is a dog.

The Underdogs is available for checkout in print, ebook and audio book formats at the Roswell and East Roswell libraries and on Overdrive through the AFPLS website. Books are for sale at the Friends of the Roswell Library Bookstore and will be on sale at the Literary Luncheon where the author will be available for autographs.

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The Author

Melissa Fay Greene is the author of six critically acclaimed nonfiction books. They have been translated into 15 languages and honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Book Award nominations, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Georgia Author Award (twice), the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and Melissa's induction into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

Praying for Sheetrock (1991) was named one of the top 100 works of English-language journalism of the 20th Century; The Temple Bombing (1996) has been adapted as a stage play which will premiere in February at the Alliance Theater.

A native of Macon, Georgia, and a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, Melissa and her husband, criminal defense attorney Don Samuel, live in Atlanta and are the parents of nine.

You can find a printable bio for Melissa Fay Greene here

Programs and Activities

We encourage book clubs to read and discuss this book but we will also sponsor public book discussions held around Roswell. Admission is free, but please help us plan by registering online at, Search Word "Roswell Reads"

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Noonday Nosh Book Club - Roswell Reads
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 12 Noon
Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell
The book club will discuss this year's Roswell Reads selection. For more information, call 770-640-3075.

Wine and Cheese Book Discussion-East Roswell
Monday, March 13, 2017, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
The Arts Center on Fouts Road, 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell
Enjoy wine and cheese and a lively book discussion of The Underdogs while surrounded by beautiful art. The book discussion will be led by Debbie Weiss, founder of the Women's Book Reviews website.

Wine and Cheese Book Discussion-West Roswell
Monday, March 13, 2017, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wildwood Springs Clubhouse, 11755 Wildwood Springs Drive, Roswell
Join a lively neighborhood book discussion facilitated by retired high school English teacher Nancy Gore.

The Children's Selection

My Buddy by Audrey Osofsky
Recommended for grades K-5
My Buddy is a story about a service dog, Buddy, and his young owner who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. They meet at a special camp that matches children with service dogs as they learn to trust and listen to each other. They work together so that the boy can become more independent and perform everyday tasks such as dressing, going to school, shopping, participating in sports and more. My Buddy is available for checkout through the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Children's Programs

Grades K-5
Happy Tails/READing Paws: Come and Read to a Dog!
The Happy Tails/READing program helps improve children's reading and communication skills by giving them the opportunity to practice reading in a nonjudgmental atmosphere: reading to registered therapy animals and their owner/handler. Registration is required through the library, along with a signed parental permission.
Reading blocks are 15 minutes (8 available at Roswell Library and 4 at East Roswell Library). Additional dates may be available. Parents must stay in the room while the child is reading.

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Children's Reading Room

Roswell Library
115 Norcross Street, Roswell
For more information, call 770-640-3075

Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Reading with Bentley
Thursday, March 16, 2017. at 3:30 p.m. Reading with Colby
Storytime Room

East Roswell Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell
For information, call 404-613-4050

Meet Me and My "Buddy" and Other Service Dogs
Come meet a student and his/her service dog. Learn how they got their dog, how the dog was trained, and how it has made a difference in their lives. Parents are required to stay with their children.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1-2:30 p.m.
Children's Department, Roswell Library

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Writing Workshop

The Art of Nonfiction with Melissa Fay Greene
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon

Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Room 220, Roswell
A popular guest lecturer and writer-in-residence who has worked with undergraduate, graduate, and mid-career students and writers at UGA, Emory, SCAD, NYU, Boston University, and Columbia University, Melissa will share with us a few of the great pleasures to be found in crafting sentences, metaphors, and stories. She has reported on some of the great issues of our time-including civil rights, anti-Semitism, and the HIV/AIDS orphan crisis in Africa-but continues to find room for joy and playfulness in the prose, so fond is she of words.
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Community Outreach

Happy Tails Happy Hour
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5 p.m.

Lucky's Burger & Brew
1144 Alpharetta Street, Roswell

Come to Happy Tails Happy Hour and learn how the interaction between humans and animals provides a positive, rewarding experience for clients, volunteers, and their pets. You will learn about the organization and their evaluation process as well as the required immunizations and veterinary exams. Happy Tails' members experience how the unconditional love and acceptance given by their pet eases the pain of clients who miss their home, their family, or perhaps a personal pet.

Lucky's opened in 2010 in Downtown Historic Roswell and has become a neighborhood burger and brew favorite. Named after the owners' dog, Lucky's offers a pet-friendly covered patio. This event will be held in The Dog House Pavilion. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Pet attendance is not required.
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Literary Luncheon

The award-winning author will talk about this book and her writing at the Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11:00 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 Search Word "Roswell Reads".

Reserved seating for groups of six or more. Please purchase tickets by Saturday, March 11, 2017.

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 18, at 11:00 at the Adult Recreation Center on Grimes Bridge Road. For questions or more information, please e-mail us at


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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Roswell Reads, twelve 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.

We appreciate the support provided by:
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
Roswell Junior Woman’s Club
Roswell Rotary Club


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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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