ROSWELL READS 2019: SPECIAL EDITION
An Evening with Delia Owens
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of
Where the Crawdads Sing
Presented in partnership with
Bookmiser and The Chattahoochee Nature Center
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
6:30 p.m. - Doors open 7 p.m. – Program begins
ROSWELL CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075
FEE: $10 + $1.53 processing fee
To register go to: https://roswellreads2019.eventbrite.com
Where the Crawdads Sing has been on the New York Times bestseller list since September 2018. Roswell is one of only nine venues on this bestselling author's Fall Tour. Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine selected Where the Crawdads Sing as their Book Club pick of September and will produce the film adaptation.
Put the book at the top of your reading list and get your ticket today to spend an evening with Delia Owens as she speaks, answers questions, and autographs her #1 bestselling debut novel!
Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens’ lyrical and gripping #1 New York Times-bestselling debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising account of a murder investigation. Owens masterfully reveals the intricate beauties of nature through the eyes of a young girl abandoned by her family in the North Carolina marshland. Where the Crawdads Sing explores the stubborn wildness that resides in all of us and also examines the deeply human instincts that bind us to other people.
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But she is not what they say. Years earlier, when six-year-old Kya watched her Ma walk down the dirt footpath, away from the family’s rough-hewn wooden shack tucked back in the marsh, she didn’t know it would be for the last time. And, then one by one her siblings and Pa walked away, too, leaving her alone with the marsh as her only provider and companion.
Delia Owens is the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa, including Cry of the Kalahari and Secrets of the Savanna. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of California, Davis. Delia has won the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, the African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She currently lives in Idaho and Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.
Free Children’s Program
September 21, 2019, 11 a.m.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) is partnering with Roswell Reads to offer a free community education program at East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road. A Roswell Reads Steering Committee member will read a children’s book about the marshes and CNC naturalists will talk about the wetlands and crawdads. Participants will get to see a resident of the marsh that eats crawdads—a live Barred Owl.
Free Book Discussions
September 7, 2019
Tea & Crawdads at Two. Join Roswell Reads at the East Roswell Library at 2 p.m., 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road. Enjoy afternoon tea and a book discussion about Where the Crawdads Sing, led by Annell Gerson, owner of Bookmiser.
September 17, 2019
Join Noonday Nosh on Tuesday, September 17, at the Alpharetta Public Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, for a discussion about Where the Crawdads Sing led by a member of the Roswell Reads Steering Committee.
Roswell Reads encourages book clubs to add Where the Crawdads Sing to their book club calendar. Click the link below for a free Random House Book Club Kit including questions for your next book club meeting and Kya’s Cookbook!
Roswell Reads promotes the value of reading, literacy, and lifelong learning through the shared community-wide experience of reading and discussing a common book. Readers are able to collectively examine relevant issues, establish bonds, and forge a better understanding of their community and society. Roswell Reads sponsors include The City of Roswell, Friends of the Roswell Library, Friends of the East Roswell Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and the Roswell and East Roswell Libraries, and Roswell Rotary Club.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Chattahoochee Nature Center – a private, nonprofit nature center located in Roswell Georgia—connecting people to nature since 1976! Visit and get your nature on: enjoy trails, exhibits, programs and events all on 127 acres of forest, wetland, and river habitat. Take a picnic, meander through native plant gardens, enjoy the LEED-certified Discovery Center exhibits, or explore the river boardwalk. Open year round. For more information, visit the website:
Bookmiser is a locally owned independent bookstore, proudly serving our North Atlanta community since 1998. A former Cobb County Public School English teacher and avid reader, owner Annell Gerson is passionate about the profound importance of reading in our community. For over 20 years, Bookmiser has supported schools, libraries, non-profits, authors and countless community organizations in collaborative endeavors aiming to put the right book in the right hands at the right time.
Georgia Library System Offers Library Card Holders
Complimentary Admission to CNC
The Chattahoochee Nature Center partners with the Georgia Public Libraries, allowing library card holders access to complimentary admission. Through a library loan program, all 407 public libraries in Georgia will receive passes to Chattahoochee Nature Center, which can be checked out by patrons similar to any other library item. The pass is valid for four people to gain free general admission to the nature center's 127-acre site. Contact your local library for details.