Bestselling Author to Kick Off Big Read in Dayton
(January 28, 2016) -- Bestselling author Christina Baker Kline will kick off the Big Read on Wednesday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. with an event at Books & Co. at the Greene, sponsored by Greene County Public Library. Kline’s novel Orphan Train was selected by popular vote to be this year’s Big Read book. Kline will give a presentation, read excerpts from the book, take questions from the audience and sign copies of her work.
“We are so pleased to present Christina Baker Kline and promote the love of books,” says Karl Colón, Director of the Greene County Public Library.
The Big Read is an annual celebration of reading and conversation in the Miami Valley. Participants are invited to read Orphan Train, then join in discussions taking place March 6-April 16 at libraries, schools and other locations across the region.
Orphan Train tells a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past and the teenage girl whose troubled adolescence leads her to seek her own answers. It also details a little-known period of American history, when orphaned and abandoned children, many of them immigrants, were sent by train to uncertain futures in the Midwest.
“Like my four previous novels, Orphan Train is about cultural identity and family history,” says Kline. “For the first time, however, I undertook project that required a large amount of historical, cultural, and geographical research.”
Publishers Weekly says the book is “Absorbing... a heartfelt page-turner.” Library Journal calls it “A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage.” It is currently in development as a motion picture.
“This book offers many interesting possibilities for discussion and activities during the Big Read,” said Jennifer Spillman, Big Read Programming Chair. “It speaks to both teen and older readers alike. It deals with historical facts, cultural identity and the whims of fate.”
The Big Read is sponsored by Books & Co., Brown Memorial Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, Franklin-Springboro Public Library, Greene County Public Library, MidPointe Library System, Troy-Miami County Public Library, Washington-Centerville Public Library and Wright Memorial Public Library.