roswell reads

A Community-wide
Reading Event



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, thirteen-years strong, brings a variety of literature and accompanying programs to the community. The Roswell Reads committee looks for a book that has strong characters and presents themes that address the human condition. The book should appeal to adults and teens as well as people of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds who live in Roswell. If possible, a complementary book is chosen for children so that a younger audience can also be involved.

      Programs, usually held in January, February and March, may include a writing workshop conducted by the author, a family program with activities based on a children's book selection that reflects the theme of the Roswell Reads book, and community outreach to an organization that reflects the concerns addressed in the book selection. The highlight is a Literary Luncheon in March with the author of the selected book.

      For questions or more information, please e-mail the committee at



2018 - Burial for a King by Rebecca Burns
2017 - The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene
2016 - What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross
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



The Roswell Reads Committee gratefully acknowledges the following 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
  • Roswell Rotary



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