Harriet the Spy. A Moveable Feast. Agatha Christie.
What’s the connection?
They’re book titles and authors listed below name tags at an afternoon garden party to launch the Milford (PA) Readers & Writers Festival. https://milfordreadersandwriters.com/
I didn’t read the instructions correctly when I registered, so I didn’t list a favorite book or author. Never mind, books and writers make great conversation starters. I heard about people’s book clubs, met a high school math teacher who hardly misses any NYC play or ballet, a local newspaper editor, and a woman with an advertising agency.
A disparate group, united by a love of reading.
I shared that I’d just finished Kate Quinn’s The Huntress and had mostly listened to it. I had both the print book and the audio from my library, and preferred the audio—the actor who read delivered a myriad of accents, making the story authenic and move quickly. If you have any long car rides ahead, get it.
We recently visited our son and his family in Israel. My grandchildren have embraced Hebrew. The little ones aren’t reading yet so enjoy stories, in any language. I’d brought Katy Hudson’s Too Many Carrots, and read it several times. The children then “read” it to themselves, reciting what they knew of the story in Hebrew. A love of a good story transcends language.
On NPR this morning, I heard about how book clubs in Iowa are reading autobiographies of the many candidates seeking the presidential nomination. But this isn’t your every day, wine-infused discussion. The groups meet in college classrooms and the candidate-authors answer questions via Internet. There are at least 20 titles, if you’re short on books.