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Roswell Reads

The Book woman of TRoublesome Creek


Kim Michele Richardson


Kim Michele Richardson is a bestselling author who lives in Kentucky. She’s an advocate for the prevention of child and domestic abuse and the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable Child; a book critic for the New York Journal of Books; and the founder of Shy Rabbit, a writers’ residency scholarship. Her previous novels include Liar’s Bench, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field and The Sisters of Glass Ferry.


I love exploring my birthplace in my writings: the beautiful, brutal and mysterious Kentucky land and its people. I have traveled to mostly every corner and nook of Kentucky and am always searching for another cranny to discover. I impart my novels with my fierce love for the land, showcase its intriguing people, history, and forgotten song of the region, exploring historical social injustices and the unusual and cherished traditions, myths and legends of Kentucky. More than anything, I write human stories set in a unique landscape. Knowing one small piece of this world, the earth, the sky, the plants, the people and the very air of it—helps us understand the sufferings and joys of others—ourselves.  

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, [my latest book,] delves into the Pack Horse Library Project of 1935 and the factual blue people of eastern Kentucky.  It’s a fascinating story, one I feel privileged to write—a tale of tribute to the fearsome librarians who traveled on horseback and mule to provide books to the poor and isolated communities in Kentucky.

See a trailer for the book here.


15th Annual Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Roswell Adult Recreation Center
830 Grimes Bridge Road
Roswell, Georgia

To register, go to Eventbrite

Writing workshop: Path to Publication
Friday, March 13 at 1 p.m.
Roswell City Hall, Room 220
38 Hill Street, Roswell

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Additional programming will be announced by January 2020.


Roswell Reads promotes the value of reading, literacy, and lifelong learning through the shared community-wide experience of reading and discussing a common book or collection. Readers are able to collectively examine relevant issues, establish bonds, and forge a better understanding of their community and society.


Roswell Reads, fifteen-years strong, brings a variety of literature and accompanying programs to the community. The Roswell Reads committee looks for a book or collection that has strong characters and presents themes that address the human condition. The books 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, held in February and March, 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 collection.

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2019 - A book by Rick Bragg
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

  • Fulton County Library System

  • Roswell and East Roswell Libraries

  • Roswell Rotary Club

  • Publix



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