The Rochester Reads committee decided to highlight the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War by selecting two books by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist/author Tony Horwitz, as well as a junior title for middle-school students, and a picture book for the pre-school-kindergarten crowd. Confederates in the Attic: dispatches from America’s unfinished Civil War (1998), and Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War (2011) are the two adult titles. Tony Horwitz will be speaking on the topic of Civil War and the origins of the conflict on Monday, April 9 at Willow Creek Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
The junior title is The River Between Us by Richard Peck, and the picture book is B is for Battlecry by Minnesota author Patricia Bauer, who will be visiting several Rochester classrooms on April 10 as part of Rochester Reads.
In addition to the author visits, we will be hosting a kick-off event with Mayor Brede and the musical group The New Pearl Buttons on February 13 at the library, and there will be a number of other events – lectures on the Civil War, children’s & YA events, book discussion groups – in March and April. All information will be available on the http://www.rochesterreads.org/ as events are finalized.
Rochester Reads 2012 is sponsored by:
Friends of the Rochester Public Library
Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Post-Bulletin CompanyDoubletree Hotel
and partnered with:
Adult and Family Literacy Program
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
The History Center of Olmsted County
Rochester Public Library
Rochester Public Schools
Rochester Community and Technical College