A Novel Idea 2006

Deschutes Public Library presents Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co. by Maria Amparo Escandon for the 2006 "A Novel Idea… Read Together" program.

The Deschutes Public Library and The Deschutes Public Library Foundation present the third annual “A Novel Idea…Read Together” program. This countywide reading and discussion program encourages Deschutes County residents to read the same book, at the same time, to create a countywide book club.

This year’s selected read is Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co. by Maria Amparo Escandon. Ms. Escandón, a best-selling bilingual storyteller, published her first novel, Esperanza’s Box of Saints and its Spanish version, Santitos, in 1999. Her novel was the number one best seller on the Los Angeles Times Best Sellers List, has been translated into 16 languages and is currently read in more than 80 countries. She was named the “Writer to Watch” by Newsweek Magazine in 1999 and the “Writer to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times in 2000.

book jacket "A Novel Idea...Read Together," is a multi-media, multi-faceted series of events. The four-week program kicks off April 2 and runs through April 29. Throughout the month, programs and events highlighting the selected novel are offered at libraries in Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, and Sunriver.

“The programs are designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge of the novel in an entertaining and unexpected way,” said Project Director Chantal Strobel. “We’ve combined an array of programs that include presentations by scholars, films, a trucking history museum, and art demonstrations that support and enhance this year’s novel. All of the programs are free and open to the public.”

The marketing materials and resources will be offered in both English and Spanish this year.

A Novel Idea culminates with author Maria Amparo Escandon who will discuss her novel at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 from 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. A book signing will follow the discussion in the lobby of the Tower. These special evenings are free to the public but attendees must pick up tickets at their local library for entry. Seating is limited. Tickets will become available on Saturday, April 8.

Ms. Escandon will also sign books at Paulina Springs Book Co. in Sisters on Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude her tour with a Spanish speaking presentation at Mi Pueblito Restaurant in Redmond on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Chantal Strobel at 312-1031.

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