Thursday, April 17, 2014

PPLD announces books for All Pikes Peak Reads 2014

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM

This morning at the Pinery on the Hill, as a part of the Innovate Colorado Springs events this week, Pikes Peak Library District announced its theme — "Engage the Extraordinary" — and title selection for All Pikes Peak Reads 2014. Each title reflects the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Topping the list is the adult fiction title, The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd, who is most known for her award-winning and chart-topping The Secret Life of Bees. Set in early 19th century Charleston, The Invention of Wings tells a story of, as PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller says, "urban slavery and an unexpected friendship."

The adult non-fiction title, Who Owns the Ice House?, by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger, is as Miller says, about "an ordinary man, yet extraordinary in his approach to life and entrepreneurship ... set in the Mississippi Delta at the height of racial segregation."

click to enlarge Gary Schoeniger signs copies of his book, Who Owns the Ice House?, at the APPR announcement event. - KIRSTEN AKENS
  • Kirsten Akens
  • Gary Schoeniger signs copies of his book, Who Owns the Ice House?, at the APPR announcement event.

PPLD also named books for younger readers. Ally Condie's Matched trilogy will appeal to teens (and adults) who loved the Hunger Games and Divergent series. And for children, there are two choices: The Watson's Go to Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis, and Henry's Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine.

Kidd, Taulbert and Schoeniger will visit the Pikes Peak Region during this APPR cycle. (And perhaps if we push them, we could get Condie too?) 

Learn more about APPR 2014 here.

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