Celebrating ten years of Loveland Loves to Read, the committee has selected Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter as the 2013 community read book. The author, Tom Franklin, will be speaking in the Rialto Theater on September 20th at 7:00pm.
See full listing of events below!
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, set in rural Mississippi, begins with the secret friendship of two boys. Larry Ott, a middle class white boy, befriends Silas Jones, the son of a poor black mother. The boys share a special bond until Larry’s father intervenes in a cruel and unexpected way. Silas goes on to become a high-school baseball star and Larry reverts to his reclusive ways. The night that teen-aged Larry takes a girl for a first date to a drive-in movie ends in disaster. The girl disappears and no trace is ever found of her. The people of the town assume that Larry is responsible, although he is never indicted. Larry has been shunned for over twenty years. And now another teenage girl has gone missing. Larry is the prime suspect and Silas is the town’s only law enforcement officer.
Franklin, who was born in Mississippi and spent part of his childhood in Alabama, has been praised for his unique southern voice and his inspired storytelling abilities. His literary achievements include the Edgar Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the CWA Gold Dagger Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was invited to be a writer in residence at the University of Mississippi in 2001. He and his wife, poet Beth Ann Fennelly, have since joined the faculty and enjoy life in Oxford, Mississippi.
Sept. 20: An Evening with Tom Franklin
7pm, Rialto Theater, 228 E. 4th St.
Tickets $5; available at the Rialto box office or at http://rialtoloveland.ticketforce.com
Sept. 21: Brunch with Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly (poet & essayist)
10am, Chilson Senior Center, 700 E. 4th St.
Tickets $20; available by mail after Aug. 1
(send check to FOLPL, 300 N. Adams Ave., Loveland, CO 80537),
or online using form below! (http://lltr2013.eventbrite.com)
Sept. 27: Movie Night at the Library, In the Heat of the Night
7pm, Gertrude Scott Meeting Room, Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave.
Free; popcorn and drinks included; followed by a discussion comparing
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and the movie
Sept. 3, 9am & 7pm, Erion Room, Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave.
Sept. 4, 9am, Erion Room, Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave.
Sept. 12, 1:30pm, Chilson Senior Center, 700 E. 4th St.