Mar. 17, 2014 by Pat Tully
One Book, One Middletown is a community project of the Middletown Rotary Club and supported by Russell Library and the City of Middletown. The goal is to encourage reading in the community by selecting a book that appeals to a variety of audiences, then holding events that bring people together to celebrate or explore aspects of the book. Copies of this year’s book are available at The Book Bower (Main Street Market, 386 Main St.) and Broad Street Books (45 Broad St.).
This year’s selection is The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, by Rita Leganski. It is set in 1950s New Orleans, the story of a boy born to a mother grieving the loss of her murdered husband and a grandmother with a secret that is slowly destroying her. The boy is mute but has a magically acute sense of hearing, and he uses his remarkable ability to bring together and heal his family. Here is the video book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vt60uSCGZ4
The One Book activities this year explore several aspects of the book, from New Orleans food and music, to bereavement, to the development and evolution of sign language (a talk by Wesleyan’s own Joe Basile). There are also several book discussions in a variety of venues. Activities begin this weekend with a visit by author Rita Leganski. We are honored and thrilled that Rita is coming to town to help kick off this year’s events!
(You can attend with pleasure the activities with ** next to them even if you haven’t read the book.)
Saturday, March 22
** Noon, at Brewbaker’s, 169 Main St.: Lunch with author Rita Leganski and writing students from Wesleyan and Middlesex Community College. NOTE: A limited number of slots are still available for this lunch; please contact Pat Tully at email@example.com to reserve a place.
** 2-4pm, Broad Street Books, 45 Broad St.: Book signing with Rita Leganski.
** 7:30pm, Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St.: Kick-off concert with Rita Leganski in attendance; Cajun music by Bayou Brethren.
Tuesday, March 25
1:30pm, Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd.: Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education (MILE) book discussion.
** 7pm, Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad St.: Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild, and discussion led by Richard Alleva.
Wednesday, March 26
12:30pm, Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd., Chapman Hall: Book discussion led by Anne Paluck.
** 2pm, Arch Room, Cromwell Belden Public Library, 39 West St., Cromwell: Video, New Orleans, history and culture from its founding to the aftermath of Katrina.
** 7pm, Meeting Room 3, Russell Library, 123 Broad St.: Creative writing workshop, “Courir Mardi Gras’ Travel Adventure,” led by Liz Petry.
Thursday, March 27
** 4:30pm, Develin Room (Rm. 204), Olin Library, 252 Church St., Wesleyan University: Talk and discussion, “Evolution of American Sign Language,” by Visiting Assistant Professor of Sign Language Joseph Basile.
CANCELLED 6pm: Demonstration of authentic Cajun cooking by chef Kim Fong from Mama Roux’s. NOTE: Call to register by March 21.
Friday, March 28
6:30pm, New England Emporium, Main Street Market, 386 Main St.: Book discussion.
Wednesday, April 2
** 2pm, Arch Room, Cromwell Belden Public Library, 39 West St., Cromwell: Video: Louisiana, tour of the Pelican State.
** 6pm, Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad St.: Herbal remedies, talk by Lisl Huebner.
** 7pm, North One Conference Room, Middlesex Hospital, 534 Saybrook Rd.: Bereavement discussion, led by Chaplain McCann.
7pm, Arch Room, Cromwell Belden Public Library, 39 West St., Cromwell: Book discussion led by Marsha Bansavage, CT Humanities Council Scholar.
Thursday, April 3
6:30pm, Wagner Room, Portland Library, 20 Freestone Ave., Portland: Book discussion led by Marsha Bansavage, CT Humanities Council Scholar. NOTE: Limited space, to register call 860-342-6770 or visit www.portlandlibraryct.org.
Tuesday, April 8
7pm, Meeting Room 2, Russell Library, 123 Broad St.: Book discussion led by Carol Shmurak.
Please join us for one or more of these activities!