Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and After Alice has been chosen as 2017 Southington Reads Author
New York Times bestselling novelist Gregory Maguire will be the Southington Public Library’s 2017 Southington Reads author. Best known for his groundbreaking novel Wicked, Maguire will be at the Aqua Turf Club on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss After Alice, his latest novel, written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Registration for this event is required and will begin Tuesday, February 14th. Save the date.
Copies of After Alice and Wicked are available at the Library. Call (860.628.0947 x 5) or visit southingtonlibrary.org to reserve a copy.
Critical Praise for After Alice:
“Continuing his tradition of rewriting fairy tales with an arch eye and offbeat point of view, Maguire turns his attention to Lewis Carroll and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. . . . A brilliant and nicely off-kilter reading of the children’s classic, retrofitted for grown-ups—and a lot of fun.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Maguire’s] playful vocabulary may be Carroll-esque, but his keen wit is closer to Monty Python, with a fine, unforced sense of play… his erudition is a joy, his sense of fun infectious.” — Joe Hill, New York Times Book Review
“After Alice will inspire readers to think anew about both historical realities and classic fantasies.” — Bookreporter.com
Southington Library is delighted to announce that Anita Diamant as our 2016 Southington Reads author. Anita is a world-famous, best-selling author. Her novel The Red Tent has been published in more than 25 countries and was adapted as a Lifetime TV miniseries.
We have chosen Anita’s most recent best-selling novel The Boston Girl as the book we will read this year. The Boston Girl is an exploration of the immigrant experience set against the backdrop of two World Wars, prohibition, the flu epidemic and the civil rights movement.
Here is what the critics are saying about The Boston Girl:
“Ravishing. . . .whip-smart, warm, and full of feeling… deeply pleasurable. . . you can’t help wanting to linger.” (Boston Globe)
“Crisp, lively, clear, wry, affectionate, compulsively readable and very entertaining…The Boston Girl’s…[narrator] is supremely brave and bighearted – a marvelous role model no matter how you parse it.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“The Boston Girl convincingly traces the story of a scrappy, intelligent immigrant, who does more than merely survive the 20th century; she embraces it all-tragedies, joys, and the humdrum-with unflagging passion.” (Miami Herald)
“Addie, the narrator, is a good storyteller, and her descriptions of the human devastation of World War I and the flu epidemic have an immediacy that blows away any historical dust.” (USA Today)
Anita will be speaking at The Aqua Turf on Wednesday, March 30th. Registration will begin in February. Save the date. Registration begins Thursday February 18th.
Copies of The Boston Girl are available at the Library. Please visit southingtonlibrary.org to reserve a copy (have your library card number available) or call the Reference/Information staff at 860.628.0947 option 5.
This is the 11th Southington Reads event presented by the Southington Library and our generous sponsors, The Aqua Turf Club and The Calvanese Foundation. In addition the Friends of Southington Library and Comfort Suites provided funding.
Previous Southington Reads titles
2006 Honky Dalton Conley
2007 Girls of a Tender Age Mary Tirone Smith
2008 As Long as it Takes Captain William Pinkney
2009 Waiting for Snow in Havana Carlos Eire
2010 The BIG READ/ featured multiple programs around the noir novels
Maltese Falcon/ Reckless Andrew Gross
2011 New England White Stephen Carter
2012 Ditchdiggers Daughters Dr. Yvonne Thornton
2013 The Lifeboat Charlotte Rogan
2014 Dirty Love/House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus III
2015 Sand Castle Girls was selected to recognize the 100th Anniversary of the
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands Chris Bohjalian
2016 Boston Girl Anita Diamant
2017 To be Determined