10/9/14

ALL PUEBLO READS CELEBRATES TEN YEARS: THE PARIS WIFE BY PAULA MCLAIN by Jon Walker

This month marks the tenth consecutive year of All Pueblo Reads.  The Pueblo City-County Library District sponsors this month-long literary project annually to promote reading and literacy in our community by focusing attention on a single great work of literature.  I am pleased with the growth and success of the project.  Each year, a series of programs and events takes place throughout our community during the month of October designed to encourage conversation about the themes from an individual wonderful book.  These activities include lectures, films, readings, discussions, classes, musical and theatrical performances, art shows and more.  All Pueblo Reads in 2013 attracted an all-time record participation of 37,460 people.
I am excited about the 2014 All Pueblo Reads book selection The Paris Wife.  This novel by author Paula McClain is a critically acclaimed New York Times Bestseller.  It depicts a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway's marriage to Hadley Richardson, the first of the acclaimed writer's four wives.  The book allows the reader to rub shoulders with celebrated literary types of 1920s Paris, including such noted personalities as Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce, among others.
I invite you to join us for this year’s community read.  The Paris Wife is an elegant, imaginative, and pleasing book.  Plenty of copies are available for checkout from your library.  There will be dozens of programs and events throughout the community in October exploring themes from the novel.  Best of all, on October 25 and 26, you have the opportunity to personally meet the book’s noted author, Paula McClain, when she makes scheduled appearances and presentations at the Rawlings Library in Pueblo.
Indeed, it’s a wonderful time of year.  It’s All Pueblo Reads time!

LOCAL HISTORY AT THE LIBRARY by Jon Walker

Our community enjoys a rich and diverse history.  This is the story of the people and events helping to shape the saga of this region over ...