Common Read

Fauquier Community Read to Feature BEFORE WE WERE YOURS, by Lisa Wingate

Courtesy of Fauquier Now
Posted March 14, 2019

For its 2019 Fauquier Community Read book, the county public library has selected a thought-provoking and complex tale of two families, two generations apart, forever changed by a 1930s adoption scandal.

A New York Times bestseller, Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction.

“In the spirit of a community read, people are encouraged to pick up the pass-along copies, read it and pass it along to another reader,” library Director Maria Del Rosso explained.

The Community Read will include “An Evening with the Author,” Thursday, May 16, at Highland School’s Rice Theater in Warrenton. Ms. Wingate will read from Before We Were Yours and discuss her process for research and writing. After a question and answer session, the author will sign copies of the book. Copies of Before We Were Yours will be available for purchase at the event from The Open Book.

Additional programs that address themes raised in Before We Were Yours have been planned for April and May, including book club discussions and genealogy presentations.

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS Celebrates 1 Year on NYT Bestseller List!

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Congrats to A|U Author Lisa Wingate, who’s Before We Were Yours celebrates its one year anniversary this week as a New York Times Bestseller! This blockbuster hit is a thought-provoking and complex tale of two families, two generations apart… based on a notorious true life scandal.

Readers across the country have been captivated by Before We Were Yours, selecting for countless Book Clubs and library discussion groups. Lisa’s author events have been packed to capacity, owing in large part to the books powerful topic, and Lisa’s amazing ability to connect with readers in person.

Before We Were Yours is a perfect choice for One Book One Community programs! Interested in hosting her? The 2019 schedule is filling fast, so get in touch with us today!

Lisa Wingate could be the poster child for the perfect author. She’s gracious, kind, generous, super talented and knows how to engage an audience. The Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Clubs adore discussing her books. There is a good reason we invite her year after year; she sets the standard for great books to place in the hands of real readers. We are so thankful she continues to educate, enlighten, and tell a great story. Lisa Wingate is giving voice to those who could not tell their own.
— The Pulpwood Queens Book Club
We were thrilled to host Lisa Wingate at Books in Bloom on May 20, 2018, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Lisa Wingate’s talk focused on her inspiration for writing and the culture and background of the historical period in which her novel, Before We Were Yours, was set. The author had a very good rapport with the audience, and was very engaging, relaxed and relatable. She was an inspiring presenter, engaging her audience immediately. The hour slipped away very quickly.
— Books In Bloom Literary Festival
A [story] of a family lost and found . . . A poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.
— People Magazine
Before We Were Yours is sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . [Lisa] Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.
— Parade Magazine

Host Post | Fall 2018

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Welcome to the Fall 2018 Authors Unbound quarterly Host Newsletter! We'll use this space to keep you updated on what other outstanding hosts around the country are up to, provide valuable information on event management and organization, and feature authors who we highly recommend for your next author engagement.

Jennifer Haupt's IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS Selected for Ann Katz Jewish Festival Common Read!

The Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts in Indianapolis will feature Jennifer Haupt's In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills as their 2018 Community Read this fall! Now in its 20th year, the festival spans three weeks of local, national, and international authors, filmmakers, performing artists and fine artists.

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Haupt's beautiful debut novel is a riveting family saga that spans from the turmoil of Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement through the struggle for reconciliation and forgiveness in post-genocide Rwanda. At the heart of this literary novel that crosses racial and cultural boundaries is the search for family on a personal and global level.

Congrats, Jennifer!  And here's to many more community reads adoptions to come!! For our Indy readers, be sure to check out Jennifer's presentation on October 25th, 2018 at the Arthur M Glick JCC.

Adams County Reads One Book: A PIECE OF THE WORLD Selection Announced

Courtesy of The Gettsyburg Times
Posted June 29, 2018

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The Adams County Reads One Book Program was pleased to announce last week that they've selected Christina Baker Kline's A Piece of the World for their fall program.  Kicking off with an author appearance in late September, Adams County Reads will offer unlimited simultaneous downloads of the book, and has arranged lots of great programming and discussion groups around the selected title.  Happy Reading!

Host Post | Summer 2018

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Welcome to the very first Authors Unbound quarterly Host Newsletter! We'll use this space to keep you updated on what other outstanding hosts around the country are up to, provide valuable information on event management and organization, and feature authors who we highly recommend for your next author engagement.

Lisa Wingate Kicks Off If All Arkansas Read the Same Book - BEFORE WE WERE YOURS

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Courtesy of kuaf.com
Posted June 1, 2018

Lisa Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours is the 2018 selection for the If All Arkansas Read the Same Book project. She'll be visiting local libraries this week, meeting patrons and signing books. Created in 2001, If All Arkansas Read the Same Book is an annual, statewide reading program designed to encourage the enjoyment of reading and to promote book discussion in libraries of all types across Arkansas.

Have a great trip, Lisa!

A PIECE OF THE WORLD Announced for Lake Forest Reads!

Courtesy of Lake Forest College
Posted May 17, 2018

Lake Forest College, in partnership with Lake Forest Library and the Ragdale Foundation, has chosen A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline as the 2018 selection for Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale. Baker Kline is also the author of the bestselling book Orphan Train.

Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale is a one book/one community program that fosters a culture of reading and a sense of community in our city. Each year, a title is selected from the works of writers affiliated with the Ragdale Foundation, the artists’ residency which has supported authors and their creative process for over 35 years.

The city of Lake Forest will celebrate this novel, a New York Times Bestseller, with a series of events, capped with a visit from Christina Baker Kline at the College on October 25, where she will engage in a conversation with Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English Davis Schneiderman. More information regarding the October 25 event will be released in the coming months.

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One Book Program Earns Arlington Heights Library a National Award

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Courtesy of The Daily Herald
Posted May 9, 2018, 4:01PM

Officials with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library learned Tuesday that they had been named a winner of one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Library Association.

The library was one of eight to win the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, for its leadership in engaging the community through last year's "One Book, One Village" campaign, which featured Dave Egger's The Circle, and included a visit with the author.

Behold the Dreamers a Finalist for One Book, One New York - Vote now!

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The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media Entertainment, Made in NY, and New York Magazine have announced that BEHOLD THE DREAMERS was nominated as one of the five books chosen for the return of “One Book, One New York,” the exciting city-wide initiative that brings book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same time. VOTE NOW for BEHOLD THE DREAMERS for #OneBookNY at NYC.gov/OneBook. Voting ends on 4/30.

Monroe One Book hosts "Meet the Author" with Jamie Ford

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Courtesy of The Monroe News
Posted Mar 24, 3018

Jamie Ford, the author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” this year’s selection for One Book, One Community of Monroe County, offered stand-up comedy and psychology lessons during Thursday’s Meet the Author event.

Wearing bright red sneakers, blue jeans and a blue sport coat, the heralded author offered a raw and entertaining glimpse at the genesis of his writing career. He also highlighted the emotional underpinnings of his international bestselling novel.

Vernon Area Libraries Join Together for Community Wide Read: Stolen Beauty

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Courtesy of Arlington Heights Post
Posted Dec. 2, 2017

Arlington Heights, IL — Three north suburban libraries are teaming up to encourage their patrons to all read the same book and discuss it with their friends, neighbors and families. "One Book, One Community" partners Cook Memorial, Indian Trails, and Vernon Area public library districts have selected "Stolen Beauty" by Laurie Lico Albanese as their community-wide read this winter.