One Book, One Lower Merion
The One Book One Lower Merion Committee has selected Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead as our book for 2016.
One Book One Lower Merion is thrilled to announce that The New York Times bestselling author Colson Whitehead’s THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is our choice for this fall. Mr. Whitehead is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The author’s ingenious conception is that the railroad is not just a metaphor but a place where engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath Southern soil. Beautifully written, with a plot that is intense and memorable; this is a book that you won’t be able to put down.
We are starting our One Book season with a review by Bev Rosen, who did a fabulous job of bringing insight, analysis and a knowledge of history to last year’s book. Bev will be leading what will certainly be a lively discussion on Thursday, November 10th at 1 pm at the Bala Cynwyd Library.
The Bryn Mawr Film Institute will again be partnering with us and the movie AMISTAD will be presented on Thursday, November 17th at 7 pm in their upstairs meeting room. We’ll have popcorn and other goodies, as well as free admission. This dramatic and very well-received movie should be a treat to see – and we expect some passionate conversation about it, too.
We’ll have two children’s read-alongs: at the Ardmore Library on November 12th at 11 am and at the Bala Cynwyd Library on November 19th at 10:30 am. Nahjee Grant, a well-known and popular local author of children’s books, will be reading “MOSES: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom,” a wonderful book with outstanding illustrations.
Our author, Colson Whitehead, will be speaking at the Board of Commissioners room on the second floor of the Township building (75 East Lancaster Ave, Ardmore) on Sunday, December 4th at 2 pm. Please note that this is NOT our usual spot at Bryn Mawr College but the Board Room is very comfortable, the parking on either side is spacious and Ardmore is centrally located for Township residents. In addition to a new location, there will be a different format. An interviewer will engage the author in conversation, a la Charlie Rose. Then, audience members will get a chance to ask their questions and have Mr. Whitehead sign copies of his books. Main Point Books will be supplying Underground Railroad copies for purchase, as well as such a selection of his prior books (Sag Harbor, John Henry Days and The Colossus of New York).
Please do mark your calendars for these terrific events and join us as we celebrate this book, this author and the township’s interest in reading!
p.s. Please check lmls.org as we may add an event at the Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Plateau in Fairmont Park. Any other announcements will be there, too (e.g. weather issues).
The book can be purchased at Main Point Books prior to the author’s appearance and he will sign them at the event.