2014 Tale Recap
A Tale for Three Counties is an area-wide "one book" reading project for Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties in western New York State and is presented by the 19 public libraries in these counties, Genesee Community College, Batavia's The Daily News, and Genesee Valley Educational Partnerships School Library System. Community college involvement in a community wide reading program is a feature unique to A Tale for Three Counties, and 2014 marked the 12th successful year of “The Tale,” and GCC’s 10th year of participation in this annual program. The selected book was The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker.
- A wonderful crowd of over 100 attended a January 11th special screening of Northern Borderswith producer/director Jay Craven in the Steiner Theater.
- 19 classes in various disciplines and a campus center reading group used the book this year
- 19, including the Tale@GCC Essay Contest winners, attended a lively and interesting lunch with author Karen Thompson Walker
- 55 enthusiastic readers attended at her talk in T102 on March 20th (also streamed to groups at 3 campus centers)
Author Karen Thompson Walker and members of the Tale Committee
2014 A Tale for Three Counties Book Selection
Our 2014 book has been selected!
It was announced by Peter Troy at a special event on Friday, October 18 at Hoag Library in Albion.
“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel, this New York Times bestseller was named one of the best books of 2012 by People, O: The Oprah Magazine, Financial Times, Kansas City Star, BookPage, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist.
For more information see http://www.taleforthreecounties.org