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Year Ten

And the Mountains Echoed
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And the Mountains Echoed Year 10 Junior Books Vote!

Celebrating 10 Years of Reading Together!

Young artists create "sandwiches" during our winter break art program at the Tang Museum, in a project related to our Junior Selection The Sandwich Swap.


April 8, 2014
Novelist Khaled Hosseini brings large turnout

Saratoga Reads brought best-selling novelist Khaled Hosseini to Saratoga Springs on Saturday evening, April 5, in celebration of the community reading program’s 10th year.

Khaled Hosseini and Joe Donahue

A highlight of the visit was An Evening with Khaled Hosseini in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College, an event that filled the Zankel’s 600-seat concert hall. The evening offered a discussion moderated by Joe Donahue, of "The Book Show" and "The Roundtable" on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and included a question-and-answer session and book signing.


April 1, 2014
Saratoga Reads announces top five books for public vote
Special event on April 9 will give inside look at top contenders

Saratoga Reads has announced that out of some 80 titles nominated by the public for the program’s next book of choice, five have been selected as finalists.

The winning title will be decided by public vote, with area residents having until May 15 to cast their ballots. The selected book will be announced in the fall.

Among the top five contenders are four novels and one nonfiction work. The novels on the ballot are A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel by Anthony Marra, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks, and The Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdrich. The nonfiction choice is a work of investigative journalism, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.

Voters are urged to read the descriptions of the books. Votes may be cast online here or at ballot boxes at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Barnes & Noble in Wilton, and Northshire Bookstore in downtown Saratoga Springs.


February 18, 2014
Rescheduled date announced for Khaled Hosseini visit
New date: April 5 at 7 P.M. in Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College

This is a SOLD-OUT event.

All tickets and reservations for the previously scheduled February 12 date will be honored on April 5.

The April 5 event will be audio and video simulcast in the Gannett, Davis, and Emerson auditoriums of Palamountain Hall at Skidmore College for those who were unable to get a ticket for the event.

If you are unable to make the new date, please return your tickets to the Zankel box office.

If a block of tickets becomes available for the April 5 date, an announcement will be made through the Saratoga Reads email list and website.

For ticket questions call 518-580-5321.

For general event questions call 518-580-8008.

October 15, 2013
Saratoga Reads celebrates 10th year with selection of special book
Complementary books for young readers also announced

Saratoga Reads, launched a decade ago with the goal of bringing the community together for shared reading experiences, will return to its roots this year with the announcement of its book of choice for 2013-14, And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini.

Khaled Hosseini, image &c;Elena Seibert This year’s book harkens back to the inaugural year of Saratoga Reads, when the organization’s title of choice was Hosseini’s debut novel, The Kite Runner. Both of these selected books achieved bestseller status in the U.S. and have been widely read internationally, as has another novel by Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns. All three books draw heavily on the author’s native country, Afghanistan, and its struggles with foreign invasions and social, religious, and cultural turmoil.

“In 2004 we began our journey of reading together with Khaled Hosseini and his novel The Kite Runner,” said Tabitha Orthwein, chair of the Saratoga Reads board. “Now, in celebration of our 10th year, we come full circle with the selection of the author’s third novel, And the Mountains Echoed. We return to a familiar voice and will traverse the world once again through Hosseini’s powerful storytelling.”

And the Mountains Echoed opens in 1952 in the rural Afghan village of Shadbagh and moves over the course of six decades through a complex web of stories that explore the ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another. Following its characters and the ramifications of their choices around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward.

Wrote Eric Leibetrau of the Boston Globe, “After six years, beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini returns to the rugged landscape of his home country, Afghanistan, which he so evocatively brought to life in his two previous bestsellers. . . .In a series of interlocking story lines with shifting viewpoints, Hosseini delves into the joys, sorrows, and betrayals that alternately bind and fracture families. Once again, Hosseini’s lovingly rendered Afghanistan takes center stage, but in this book he extends his examination to encompass how the Afghan identity affects his characters’ decisions and lives in unfamiliar environments.”


Book Of Choice 2013-14
And the Mountains Echoed Book Cover

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