In case you haven't heard, Connecticut author Mary-Ann Tirone Smith's memoir, Girls of Tender Age, has been chosen as the book to read in this summer's East of the River Reads! program. This is a community-wide program that encourages residents in the region to read the same book, and then, in the fall, those readers will get together to discuss the book with its author. In addition to Andover, other towns participating in the program include Bolton, Columbia, Glastonbury, Hebron, Manchester, Marlborough, and Portland. Mary-Ann Tirone Smith will be speaking about her memoir on Wednesday, October 4th at the Douglas Library in Hebron. That discussion will begin at 7PM. Members of our Andover PL reading group will be taking a "field trip" to this event at the Douglas Library.
At Andover PL, though, we're trying something a little bit different. In addition to reading Smith's memoir (of which, the library has several copies), we will also be reading her 1994 novel about the Hartford Circus Fire that happened in 1944: Masters Of Illusion. We have borrowed several copies of that book, as well, for our reading group.
We would like participants to read both books for our book discussion to be held at Andover PL on Monday, September 18th at 6:30PM. Please ask for copies of these books at the library circulation desk. They are ready and waiting for you.