News of the World is the Framingham Reads Together 2018 Selection

FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Reads Together committee has selected News of the World by Paulette Jiles for its 2018 selection.

Framingham Reads Together is a city-wide reading, discussion, and activity program that invites citizens to read the same book at the same time.

This is the Library’s fifth “one book, one community” initiative.

Framingham Reads Together aims to bring the community together through shared experiences and special events.

News of the World is a “moving work of historical fiction by an author and poet whose rich, lyrical voice brings the post-Civil War era alive,” according to the Committee.


Book synopsis: At the heart of the tale is Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a septuagenarian who, armed with a portfolio of newspapers from around the globe, makes a living traveling among the far-flung outposts of Texas sharing the “news of the world” with a frontier populace hungry for information. The captain agrees to take custody of a 10-year-old orphan, Johanna Leonberger, recently rescued from the Kiowa tribe that raised her as one of their own after her family was killed in an Indian raid, and deliver her to her relatives who live near San Antonio, some 400 miles away. As the girl, speaking only the Kiowa language, and the aging captain encounter the dangers of the road, they slowly come to trust each other. It’s the remarkable journey of a most unlikely pair.

The Framingham Reads Together 2018 Committee is chaired by Elizabeth Fideler. Others members of the Committee include Ann Arvedon, Nancy Wallace, Jeanne Kelley, Bob Dodd,Ruth Winett, Denise Corless, Mark Cote, Lucy Loveridge, Harriet Weiner, Beth Beloff, Amy Sadkin, Danielle Barney, and Framingham Assistant Library Director Lena Kilburn.

The community is invited to read the novel and then join a community discussion, and attend related events.

Copies are available at both the main Framingham Library on Lexington Street and the Christa McAuliffe Library branch on Water Street.

In April 2018, there are 10 scheduled events associated with the novel and Framingham Reads Together 2018.

Wednesday, April 4
News of the World Book Discussion
Discussion led by Kerry Dunne.
Main Library, Costin Room, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 6
The Gunsmoke Band
Enjoy foot-stomping country music performed by this family band of recording artists.
Main Library, Costin Room,  7 p.m.

Saturday, April 7
Native American Storytelling, Dancing, and Drumming
Join Larry Spotted Crow Mann for an entertaining, interactive family program. Mann is an acclaimed traditional storyteller, tribal drummer/dancer, writer/
poet, and Native American cultural educator.
Main Library, Costin Room, 2 p.m. All ages.


Wednesday, April 11
Donald in Wonderland

How Trump Took the News Media Through the Looking Glass NPR media analyst, BU mass communication professor, and Emmy award winner John Carroll
talks about the role of journalism in a post-fact political universe.
Main Library, Costin Room, 7 p.m.


Friday, April 13
Film: The Post
Professor Bill Wray will introduce and lead a discussion of this new and provocative film about the release of the Pentagon papers.
Main Library, Costin Room,  7 p.m.


Wednesday, April 18
Native Americans of the Northeast Catherine Shortliffe of the Fruitlands Museum presents an interactive family program about life for Native peoples of New England before and after European contact. Learn how communities worked together to secure food and resources for survival. Discover the artistry and technology used to create personal belongings and tools. Try your hand at basket making!
Main Library, Costin Room,  2 p.m.All ages.

Thursday, April 19
News of the World Book Discussion
Discussion led by Ruth Winett.
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library,
Community Room, 10 a.m.

Film: The Searchers
Professor Claudia Springer will introduce this classic John Ford/John Wayne film and lead a discussion.
Main Library, Costin Room, 7 p.m.


Friday, April 20
Film: Up Heartbreak Hill
First aired on PBS’ POV, this documentary chronicles the lives of three high school seniors living on the Navajo Nation and struggling to shape their identities as both Native American and modern American. They must decide whether to stay in their community—a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their beings—
or leave in pursuit of educational and economic opportunities. Paula Marsh will introduce the film and lead a discussion after.
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library,
Community Room,  7 p.m. For Ages 12 and up.


Tuesday, April 24
The Source of The Framingham Source
Susan Petroni, the founder and intrepid editor of  Framingham Source, describes how online publication of local news has evolved.
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library,
Community Room, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 26
News of the World Book Discussion
Discussion led by Amy Sadkin.
Callahan Center (535 Union Ave), 22 p.m.

Black and White and Read All Over: Circulating News in Post-Civil War America
Professor Joe Adelman explores how Americans got their news in the years after the Civil War.
Main Library, Costin Room,  7 p.m.




Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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