LET’S READ September & October 2019!
Book #1: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery
Montgomery chronicles Emma Gatewood’s 800-mile walk along the Appalachian Trail. At 67, Gatewood left her home one day in 1955 with only a change of clothes and $200. She told her family she was going on a walk. Using Gatewood’s own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence and interviews with surviving family members, Montgomery inspires readers with Gatewood’s spirit, determination and triumph over pain.
Book #2: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson is an entertaining guide to the Appalachian Trail. The trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests and sparkling lakes. With humor Bryson describes his inadequate preparation for the hike, his struggles and his missteps along the journey. Bryson also highlights the history and ecology of the trail, and some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks and bears he meets along the way.
The library and bookmobiles have lots of copies so we can all read these two books this fall as part of the community reading initiative 2Book Topeka. Three times a year everyone in Shawnee County has the opportunity to read and talk about two books on a theme. Our Sept-Oct 2019 theme is outdoor adventure featuring Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
We are a reading community and have come together 11 times in the past to read the same book, talk about it and enjoy events with the Big Read. Think of 2Book Topeka as “big read” times two! We started 2Book Topeka as our community read to meet the demand and enthusiasm generated by the Big Read. For many people the Big Read didn’t happen often enough.
2Book Topeka Book Club & Events
- Mon, Sept 23 | 7-8pm | Learning Center – Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss Grandma Gatewood’s Walk.
- Sun, Sept 29 | 2-3:30pm | Marvin Auditorium AB – Ben Montgomery will discuss his New York Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. He will share Gatewood’s backstory and discuss his research. Q&A and book signing to follow.
- Mon, Oct 21 | 7-8pm | Learning Center – Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss A Walk in the Woods.
- Mon, Nov 18 | 7-8pm | Learning Center – Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and share what book you’ve loved lately or all-time favorites. We’ll all add new titles to our lists.
Previous 2Book Topeka Reads
Help us plan future 2Book Topeka Reads
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