The idea of having everyone in a community read the same book at the same time has caught on in Dayton and in cities across America.
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HOW TO VOTE:
Online voting will be available at The Big Read website, www.bigread.org.
Paper ballots will be available at all Dayton Metro Libraries, Books & Co. at The Greene in Beavercreek, and at local universities and book stores Oct. 1-31. Many other public libraries in the Miami Valley area participate in The Big Read and will offer ballots for voting.
Ballots will be counted in early November and the winner announced at that time.
Book discussions and other events centered around the chosen book will take place in the spring. Discussion group schedules and other information will be posted on The Big Read website as they become available.
HERE ARE THE 2014 BIG READ FINALISTS:
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins, October, 2012)
In this contemporary coming of age novel, 13-year-old Joe Coutts of the Ojibwe tribe in North Dakota is thrust prematurely into the adult world when his mother is attacked and left unable to communicate. This heart-stirring story of injustice is superbly written with firsthand knowledge of Native American culture and issues.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Random House, September, 2011)
This best-selling fantasy revolves around two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been groomed since childhood to compete against each other until death in a fantastical circus. No one could have predicted that the opponents would fall in love and compromise this competition spanning generations.
“Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf, 2012)
Twenty-two year old Cheryl Strayed, an inexperienced hiker, decides to hike the eleven hundred mile Pacific Crest Trail, and the drama in her life that led to her decision is artfully woven into her memoir. Hiker or not, readers will relate to her quest, the people she meets and her love of the beautiful trail.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD READ?
Here are former choices from past years of THE BIG READ:
2005: “Nickel and Dimed” (Nonfiction)
2006: “To Kill A Mockingbird” (Fiction)
2007: “Glass Castle” (Biography)
2008:” Funny in Farsi” (Biography)
2009: “19 Minutes” (Fiction)
2010: “Dreamers of the Day” (Fiction)
2011: “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (Nonfiction)
2012: “Zeitoun” (Nonfiction)