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ALTHOUGH larger, nearby cities like Bloomington, Indianapolis and Louisville will continue to draw local residents for special events such as stage productions and athletic competitions, Columbus is also able to offer outstanding entertainment options that are only minutes away for those who live here.
Typical of these stay-at-home opportunities is the annual Community Book Read, which will be capped off with an appearance by acclaimed novelist Tess Gerritsen in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library Wednesday.
Gerritsen, a former physician who writes from her home in Maine, has acquired considerable fame for her crime-medicine literary series “Rizzoli and Isles,” which was adapted into a highly successful television project of the same name shown on the TNT network.
Spawning both, however, was her novel “The Bone Garden,” which is the selection for the eighth annual Book Read.
The Book Read is much more than a one-time thing, and the sponsor of the tradition, the Bartholomew County Library Associates, has made a point to surround her appearance with satellite events that will reinforce the major purpose of the overall project — to encourage people to not only read the book but think about what they read and discuss it and its implications with others.
There will be at least two opportunities to talk about “The Bone Garden” later today in the library’s conference room (located across from the Red Room on the ground floor of the library). Sessions will be at 2 and 6 p.m.
In another satellite event leading up to the appearance by Gerritsen, Norma Erickson will provide insights into a macabre period in Indiana’s medical history in a lecture in the Red Room at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It carries the gruesome but fascinating title of “Noble Offerings: Body Snatching for Indiana’s Medical Schools 1876-1903.”
Already the library has hosted two “Bone Garden”-related events, a Sept. 19 presentation by state archaeologist Rick Jones on “Ancestry and Archaeology” and a discourse Monday on “Bugs and Bodies” by Luke Jacobus, assistant professor of biology at IUPUC.
While “The Bone Garden” is adult-oriented, children are exposed to age-appropriate mysteries through recommendations by the associates and library staff. This year’s offerings include “Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?” by David Levinthal (Grades 1 to 4), “The Case of the Missing Marquess” by Nancy Springer (Grades 5 to 8) and “The Girl is Murder” by Kathryn Haines (for teens).
With themes like “The Bone Garden,” the Library Associates have done more than provide local residents with a series of events through which they can learn and interact with each other. They also have planted the seeds for a greater appreciation of what is available for people to read, discuss and enjoy.
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