Book lovers invited to vote on choice for Greenwich Reads Together
GREENWICH — After spending the last few months in coronavirus quarantine, many residents may be looking for a new book to read. And the Greenwich Library is hoping to help through its annual Greenwich Reads Together program.
The goal of the program, now in its 10th year, is for the entire community to enjoy one book at the same time, reading and discussing its themes through a series of events around town.
Residents can vote for their choice among the four finalists by visiting www.greenwichreadstogether.org. Voting opened this past week and will run through Friday, May 29. The winner will be announced in June.
The finalists are: “The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates, “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” by William Kamkwamba, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson and “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder.
The four were chosen out of many suggested titles, said Kate Petrov, Greenwich Library’s public relations officer.
To be selected, the book had to “be of literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions,” she said. It also had to “lend itself to engaging programs and appeal to a diverse population” and be available in large quantities and multiple formats, including large print, eBook and audiobook.
You don’t have to read the books to vote in the poll: Choose the book you would be most interested in reading and sharing throughout the community. If you are not familiar with the options, there is an author biography and detailed description about each of the titles at the website.
Previous GRT selections have been fiction and nonfiction. But all of the finalists this year are non-fiction, because the committee felt that was appropriate given the circumstances of this year’s coronavirus outbreak, Petrov said.
“The Greenwich Reads Together selection committee gravitated toward nonfiction books this year, given that 2020 so far has been stranger than fiction,” she said. “We ended up with four finalists that all have a common theme: the power of an individual to change the world. It is a very hopeful theme, particularly during these complicated times.”
Choosing among the four will be difficult, “but there’s no wrong way to decide,” Petrov said.
“A choice could be made based on how well the book meets the official selection criteria or on how much community discussion the book might generate,” she said. “Some people may simply choose the book they most want to read.”
Last year, Greenwich Reads Together chose “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction novel about censorship.
Programming for Greenwich Reads Together will begin the fall and will not be announced until June. Due to the pandemic, “it’s likely that many events will take place virtually,” Petrov said.