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.
Multiply your reading experience when you join 2Book Topeka, our community reading initiative. Three times a year everyone in Shawnee County has the opportunity to read and talk about two books on a theme. Our June-July 2019 theme is space featuring The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.
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
If you have suggestions for a future 2Book Topeka book or two books around a theme, let us know.