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2017 Selection: "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles

Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which seeks to engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book, and through reading and discussion to build community connections. The Steering Committee leading this effort includes Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, and the Greenwich Public and Independent Schools.

Visit the website www.greenwichreadstogether.org to find book, film and music suggestions for further explorations, as well as discussion guides, links to the author and much more.

What is Greenwich Reads Together?
About this Year's Selection

News of the World is a moving work of historical fiction, a skillful imagining of the American west by Paulette Jiles, an author and poet who's repeatedly lent her rich, lyrical voice to the Civil War era.

At the heart of the tale is a septuagenarian former soldier who, armed with a portfolio of newspapers, makes a living traveling among the far-flung towns of Texas sharing the "news of the world". As a favor to a friend, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd agrees to deliver ten-year-old orphan Johanna Leonberger to her aunt and uncle some 400 miles away.

And so begins a remarkable journey of the girl - recently rescued from the Kiowa family that raised her after her parents were killed in an Indian raid - and the aging captain. This unlikely pair, who lack a common language, work together to survive the dangers of the road. When they finally arrive at their destination the captain faces a wrenching decision: abandon the child to an indifferent home . . . or step outside the letter of the law to save her.

In a starred review, Kirkus calls News of the World "lyrical and affecting." Library Journal says it's "not to be missed."

Novelist, poet, and memoirist Paulette Jiles is the recipient of a Canadian Governor General Award (Canada's highest literary honor) for her 1984 poetry collection, Celestial Navigation. She won a Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize for her novel Enemy Women. News of the World was a finalist for the National Book Award. She currently lives, writes and rides from a small ranch in Texas.

Greenwich Reads Together (GRT) is a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book, culminating in a month-long series of special events and programs in the fall. 
For more information about the book, suggestions for further reading, interviews with the author, reviews and more, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org.

GAC will be presenting a program in conjunction with this year's selection his Fall