One Book One Middletown

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - 2014The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow cover

Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance - a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.

Activities Schedule March/April 2014

Saturday, March 22 • KICK-OFF Events

  • 2:00pm Book Signing: by author, Rita Leganski, Broad Street Books

  • 7:30pm Cajun Music/Bayou Brethren members: The Buttonwood Tree

Tuesday, March 25

  • 1:30pm MILE: Book Discussion, MXCC

  • 4:00pm Book Discussion/Talk: led by Jo Ann Freiberg, PhD. School Climate Specialist, Woodrow Wilson Middle School

  • 7:00pm Film/Discussion: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” led by Richard Alleva, Hubbard
    Room, Russell Library

Wednesday, March 26

  • 12:30pm Book Discussion: led by Anne Paluck, Chapman Hall, MXCC

  • 2:00pm Video: “New Orleans”-history and culture from founding to aftermath of Katrina, Arch Room, Cromwell Belden Public Library

  • 7:00pm Creative Writing Workshop: “Courir Mardi Gras’ Travel Adventure”, led by Liz Petry, Meeting Room 3, Russell Library

Thursday, March 27

  • 4:30pm Discussion: Evolution of American Sign Language by Joseph Basile, Visiting
    Professor in American Sign Language, Olin Library, Wesleyan

  • 6:00pm Food Demonstration: Authentic Cajun cooking by chef Kim Fong from Mama Roux’s, call to register by 3/21, Melanie Foley (860) 343-5012, Middletown Adult Ed

Friday, March 28

  • 6:30p Book Discussion: The Emporium, Main Street Market

Wednesday April 2

  • 2:00pm Video: “Louisiana” tour of the “Pelican State”, Arch Room, Cromwell Belden Public Library

  • 6:00pm Herbal Remedies: speaker, Lisl Huebner, Hubbard Room, Russell Library

  • 7:00pm Bereavement Discussion: led by Chaplain McCann, North One Conference Room, Middlesex Hospital

  • 7:00pm Book Discussion: led by Marsha Bansavage, CT Humanities Council Scholar, Arch Room, Cromwell Belden Public Library

Thursday April 3

  • 6:30p Book Discussion: led by Marsha Bansavage, limited space, to register
    (860) 342-6770 or, Wagner Room, Portland Library

Tuesday April 8

  • 7:00pm Book Discussion: led by Carol Shmurak, Meeting Room 2, Russell Library

A Project of the Middletown Rotary Club, Russell Library, and the City of Middletown

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Ready Player One - 2013Ready Player One cover image

Ready Player One offers something for all readers. Set in the year 2044, at its heart it's a quest that plays out as a scavenger hunt in a virtual universe. You don't have to be a gamer or understand the 1980's references to enjoy it --it's also a suspenseful romance with an unlikely and loveable hero, a teenage boy named Wade Watts. You will enjoy cheering him on as he tries to beat the evil corporation to the finish line. The suspense will keep the reader riveted and the story of friendship, loyalty and love will warm your heart.


Unbroken - 2012
We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences

UnbrokenAuthor Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group on Thursdays at 7pm in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Due to such positive responses to this "One Book, One Middletown" program, the writing program has been extended. This series invites veterans to share their own stories in their own voices. All veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and write their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends.

Old Saybrook native Elisabeth Petry is a writer, former journalist and lawyer. Her books include Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family’s Letters and At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry.  Liz has taught college English and conducted a playwriting workshop. She lives in Middletown with her husband, Lawrence Riley, who is a dog trainer and commander of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Middletown Connecticut

Russell Library is proud to join the  Middletown Rotary and the City of Middletown in the One Book, One Middletown literacy project.  The goal of One Book is get a lot of people in the area to read the same book at the same time and then encourage them to talk about it.  By doing so, we hope that more people (especially more young people) will enjoy reading.

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