The 2010 AViD Selection Committee met on Friday and we already are well on our way to a great lineup. Since this will be our tenth anniversary, we are hoping to make it a memorable series! We are hoping to bring in Nick Reding, the author of Methland and I have already been in touch with his agent.
We hope to offer ten wonderful writers again this year. Watch this space as I will post the authors as soon as we have them confirmed!
Currently, I am reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafron--a big thick book with an amazing plot centered around a writer and an antique book store. It's a deep read so I alternated that one with Kay Bucksbaum's memoir, A Place to Grow and now have moved on to Driftless, the 2010 All Iowa Reads selection.
Kay's book is fun to read since it's all about her childhood in Des Moines, centered around Polk Blvd. Kay will visit the Central Library on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 PM. I especially love the back jacket cover blurb by her son-in-law Thomas Friedman, who says, "It's the best bio I've ever read."
I have just begun Driftless, set in Wisconsin, and am already engaged with the rural characters it depicts. Looking forward to more time to read soon as I am taking a couple days off work to welcome daughter Makenzie home this week! She has been out in the Northwest Pacific for the last three months picking blueberries, gathering honey, and falling in love with the area. Anxious to hear all about her travels.