New Castle County Libraries featured The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, an award-winning debut novel by Ayana Mathis, as the NCC Reads 2017 title. Ms. Mathis spoke to an enthusiastic audience of 700 on April 26, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. If you missed the book and the author talk last spring, you can check out a copy at your local library!
The 2014 NCC Reads program, featuring Matthew Quick's The Silver Linings Playbook, was the 10th annual event in our series, which started in 2005. Beginning in 2010, the New Castle County Reads series began to feature an author talk so that a large number of community members could enjoy not only reading the book, but hearing the author. Each year since then, this highlight event has attracted hundreds of people to a free event presenting talented writers and an opportunity to meet the author during book signings.
The NCC Reads committee has also reached out to area book groups in an effort to create a true community reading event. To date, at least 85 area book clubs, with almost 1000 members, have registered to be part of the NCC Reads experience.
Libraries have hosted book discussion programs as well, so that all readers have an opportunity to share their thoughts on each year's featured title. Additional programs relating to each title have added to the breadth and depth of understanding and sharing about the themes and ideas found therein.
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