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Apr. 15, 2015

Event at public library to give inside look at top picks for Saratoga Reads
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Now that Saratoga Reads has announced the top five contenders for its next book of choice, the hard part begins—selecting one book from a dynamic and varied list for community-wide reading and programming. The winning title will be decided by public vote, with area residents having until May 15 to cast their ballots.

To help readers learn more about the five books, Saratoga Reads is teaming up with the Saratoga Springs Public Library to offer a "meet the candidates" event on Tuesday, April 21, 7–8:30 p.m., in the library's H. Dutcher Community Room. Members of the Saratoga Reads Selection Advisory Group, who collectively read all of the nominated works to come up with this year's ballot, will help participants learn more about each of the top choices. In addition, Library Director Ike Pulver will give "sneak peak" at other recommended titles coming out soon.

Among the titles on the ballot are two novels, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. The other three books are narrative nonfiction—The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown; Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott; and Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo.

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Sept. 15, 2014

Saratoga Reads announces new book of choice and books for young readers
Selections center on Native American themes

The Round House by Louise Erdrich has been selected by public vote as this year’s book of choice for Saratoga Reads, a community-wide reading program now marking its 11th year.

Round House coverThe Round House, Erdrich's 14th novel and winner of the 2012 National Book Award for fiction, transports readers to a literary terrain that Erdrich has used in a number of her works–the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation, a place where contemporary Native Americans and their white neighbors navigate complex interrelationships.

The narrator of the book, Joe Coutts, is one of Erdrich's most memorable characters, a 13-year-old boy who hunts for the perpetrator of a violent crime that took place on the reservation. Though this story of family, friendship, and the search for justice stands on its own, it fits squarely in the writer’s overarching, interconnected literary vision.

The Round House is infused with Erdrich's trademark narrative excursions into a world of spirit and tradition still central to Native American cultures. Set in 1988 and driven by contemporary issues of tribal criminal jurisdiction, the book probes the life of marginalized Indians living on the reservation.

Wrote Ron Charles in the Washington Post, "Book by book, over the past three decades, Louise Erdrich has built one of the most moving and engrossing collections of novels in American literature. Few writers have done as much to help modern readers consider the position of Native Americans within a national culture that has denigrated, ignored, and romanticized them."

Maria Russo in the New York Times Book Review wrote, "The Round House represents something of a departure for Erdrich, whose past novels of Indian life have usually relied on a rotating cast of narrators, a kind of storytelling chorus. Here, though, Joe is the only narrator, and the urgency of his account gives the action the momentum and tight focus of a crime novel, which, in a sense, it is."

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