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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What Makes a Good Book?

Each year when library staff and other community representatives gather to select a book for All Fairfax Reads, it is quite a challenge to find a title that will appeal to the largest number of Fairfax County and City of Fairfax residents.

This year’s novella, The Uncommon Reader, by British playwright and author Alan Bennett has good things going for it. It is a comic portrait of an unnamed queen of England who suddenly discovers the joy of reading. Bennett’s satire makes the book a laugh-out-loud experience and at 120 pages, it’s a fast read. Nothing is sacred – the British monarchy, the British citizenry or even writers.

As we begin our All Fairfax Reads events in September, you have some great opportunities to discussion the novella at one of our facilitated book discussions, or other branch discussions scheduled throughout the month:

Facilitated All Fairfax Reads Discussions
Participate in a discussion of The Uncommon Reader led by facilitator Wendi Kaufman of John Hopkins University. Adults.
Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. Sherwood Regional Library
Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. Reston Regional Library

More All Fairfax Reads Discussions
All Fairfax Reads Book Discussion. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. Adults.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7:15 p.m. Oakton Library
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m. George Mason Regional Library
Monday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. Centreville Regional Library
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Burke Centre Library
Thursday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Centreville Regional Library

We’ll let you know about other All Fairfax Reads events as they get closer or you can check the Books and Special Events page on the library’s Web site.

In the meantime, what do you think makes a good book? Let us know.

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