The Wilton Library started its annual Wilton Reads program yesterday, handing out 100 free copies of That Old Cape Magic, by Richard Russo to people walking into the library.
Kathy Leeds, the executive director of the library, says the program is meant to help readers learn things about themselves by reading and discussing fictional characters, and the book was chosen to spur readers to consider how people treat each other.
Besides choosing a book that forces people to think about those things, who the writer is, also matters for the library, Leeds said saying that the authors need to be well known or have been honored prestigious awards. Russo won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. That Old Cape Magic is his most recent work. We chose this book because he is available and because he is Richard Russo, Leeds said.
The readers are also excited about the choice. Tom Nixon who has a house on Cape Cod said, I have been interested in the book for awhile now. Dotty Abouchar who plans on attending all of the sessions said, The more exposure you get the better off you will be.
The program continues with two book discussions next week and concludes when the library has Russo come to receive the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award Presentation on June 27 at 4 p.m., he will also be selling and signing copies that day. Registration is required for the presentation
Space is expected to be tight for the so the library is requiring registration for June 27.
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