Pierce County Library System is bringing Paris to Pierce County this spring with its community one book program: Pierce County READS. Now through May 17, thousands of people will come together as a community and read copies of this year’s Pierce County READS’ book the New York Times best seller and award-winning “The Paris Wife,” by internationally known author Paula McLain.
Be a part of the largest free reading event in Pierce County: the sixth annual Pierce County READS, presented by Pierce County Library System and The News Tribune and sponsored by KeyBank Foundation and Pierce County Library Foundation.
“The Paris Wife” gives an intriguing account of one of the world’s greatest authors, Ernest Hemingway, seen through the eyes of his first wife, Hadley Richardson. This book has been very hot on the best-seller’s list, and with significant social media chatter, it soared and stayed at the top of the list. “The Paris Wife” garnered the Winner for Best Historical Fiction in the Goodreads Choice Awards, which is the only major book award that readers decide.
During the Pierce County READS program people may participate in events where they may learn how to write and get their book published, plan their trip to Paris, and make art deco jewelry.
In addition to the many hands-on activities, Pierce County READS will feature other authors including: author and Professor Ann Putnam who will discuss the role of women in Hemingway’s life and works at King’s Books, Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m.; Kathleen Flinn, an award-winning author of two memoirs with recipes, who will inspire listeners to participate in her passion for home cooking at University Place Pierce County Library, Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m.; and Gregg Olsen, a New York Times best-selling author, who will talk about how he researches and writes about the lives of others at Pierce College Puyallup, Friday, May 17, 12 p.m.
People may meet Paula McLain at a free event and book signing at McGavick Conference Center @ Clover Park Technical College, in Lakewood, Friday, May 17, 2013, 7 p.m. She will speak and sign books.
Twenty community partners participate in Pierce County READS: Associated Ministries, Barnes & Noble, Clover Park Technical College, Emergency Food Network, Garfield Book Company, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Joint Base Lewis McChord Libraries, King’s Books, Lakewood Arts Commission, Lakewood Historical Society and History Museum, Mostly Books, Pacific Lutheran University, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Puyallup Public Library, Roy Public Library, Sumner Arts Commission, Tacoma Art Museum, and University of Puget Sound. Seventeen cities and towns and Pierce County are also signing proclamations for Pierce County READS.
Pierce County READS @ www.piercecountylibrary.org search site: READS