Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 16, 2013

Get involved with 'Reads'

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Get involved

with ‘Reads’

After a long nomination period and months more of book discussions, library officials have announced the selected work for this year’s Howard County Reads program.

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and Greentown Public Library are encouraging county residents to check out a copy of “Out of the Easy,” Ruta Sepetys’ novel about a prostitute’s daughter, Josie, who longs to leave New Orleans for Smith College but gets entangled in a murder investigation.

A New York Times book review from February said Sepetys based her brothel proprietor Willie Woodley on Norma Wallace, “the last great madam of the French Quarter.” Wallace, the Times said, was “an underworld force in New Orleans for more than four decades.”

Sepetys’ debut novel, “Between Shades of Gray,” also was among the 15 novels from which “Out of the Easy” was chosen. Readers might want to give that one a try, as well.

Events associated with Howard County Reads, such as a trip to New Orleans and a murder mystery fundraiser, still are in the planning stages. Library officials expect to finalize some of them by August.

Community-building will be a key component. Howard County Reads was introduced in 2004. Its goal: to cultivate a love of reading and to promote a sense of community.

Several book discussions will be scheduled.

Get involved in this community activity; it’s the most important part of Howard County Reads. You can join one of the program’s book discussions or form your own among friends and co-workers. Howard County Reads even will provide your group a discussion leader.

If you want to host a book discussion, let organizers know by calling 765-454-4710 or emailing read@howardcountyreads.org. Call Trisha Shively at 765-457-3242 or Margi Bontrager at 765-628-3534 if you have questions.

And regularly check howardcountyreads.org after Aug. 1 for a schedule of events.