Library announces One Book One Town selection

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Friends of the Fairfield Library board member Leann Ratner checks out a copy of ‘A House in the Sky,’ this year’s One Book One Town selection.

The Fairfield Public Library, along with community partners Pequot Library, Fairfield University, Fairfield University Bookstore and Fairfield Museum and History Center, present A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett as the official selection for One Book One Town 2014. This is the seventh year that Fairfield has participated in One Book One Town.

The memoir tells a story that needs to be heard. As a child, Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America and southeast Asia.

She went on to war-torn regions, including Sudan, Syria and Pakistan, carving out a fledgling career as a reporter in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2008, she traveled to Somalia, where, on her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Lindhout converts to Islam as a survival tactic and eventually risks a daring escape. Moved between abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory, strategy, fortitude and hope. When she is most desperate, Lindhout visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains and tortured.

Lindhout and Corbett will visit Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 26. In the weeks leading up to the authors’ Fairfield visit, there will be book discussions, lectures and a writing contest.

For the fourth year, the library will be holding a One Book One Town inspired writing contest. The deadline for unpublished work on the topic of survival (maximum of 300 words) is Friday, Feb. 13. Submissions will be evaluated by professional judges.

Winners will be invited to read their works at the Writers’ Read-Around on Thursday, March 20. Winners will also be invited to a special reception for Lindhout and Corbett and receive an autographed copy of A House in the Sky.

The One Book One Town selection committee is comprised of library staff, community volunteers and community partners. In June they began reading books that were relevant to the times, interesting to a wide segment of the community and that would provoke conversations. This year they read close to 30 books over the course of four months before choosing A House in the Sky.

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library are once again underwriting the authors’ visit. Community sponsors are The Agape Foundation, anonymous, Fairfield Center Jewelers, Margaret Mary Fitzgerald, Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon, Eleanor Gonzalez, Brian and Deb Henry, Brian Kelahan and Colleen O’Connor, Dr. Elizabeth and David McKinnis, James and Donna Woods Orazio, The Owens Family, The Rust Family Foundation, The Sharp Family and The Wanamaker Jay Family.

For more information about up-coming events, visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org  or pick up the 2014 One Book One Town brochure, which lists all of the programs, at the library. Follow the One Book One Town blog at fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/obot.

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