One Book, Everybody Reads
Wilmette Public Library Program
Wilmette Public Library selects
Jane Smiley’s latest novel, Some Luck,
for its 2015 “One Book, Everybody Reads” Program
As the Wilmette Public Library’s One Book, Everybody Reads series plans to celebrate its tenth year as the community’s largest reading and book discussion group, the Library is delighted to announce that Some Luck by Jane Smiley has been named the 2015 selected title. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will visit Wilmette on April 26 to speak about her book, the first of a trilogy about a Midwestern family.
One Book, Everybody Reads is the Library’s annual community-wide reading and book discussion program, funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library. Local residents are encouraged to read the selected title and participate in various events that explore the book and its themes.
As in past years, the 2015 One Book program will take place in the spring, and the Library will host a series of programs related to the book and its themes. Details about these various events will be available by late winter. The series’ highlight will take place on April 26 at 2 p.m. when Ms. Smiley discusses Some Luck at Wilmette Junior High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette.
A sweeping multi-generational novel, Some Luck tells the story of Iowa farmers Rosanna and Walter Langdon and their 5 children, beginning in 1920 and continuing through 1953. With each chapter covering a single year, the saga chronicles the family’s triumphs and tragedies, dreams and realities, and births and deaths, all against a backdrop of a country undergoing tremendous social and economic change. The next two volumes of the trilogy, called The Last Hundred Years, are scheduled for publication in 2015 and will carry the family’s story to the year 2020.
was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award
and named one of Library Journal’s Top Ten Books of 2014
, NPR’s Best Books of 2014, and the Washington Post’s Top 50 Fiction Books of 2014. The novel was called “a lush and grounded reading experience” by Booklist and a “tour de force” by BookPage. The Chicago Tribune described the book as “audaciously delicious,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer deemed it “a treasure.”
A novelist and essayist, Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Midland Authors Award, and the Heartland Prize for her novel A Thousand Acres. She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction for both The Age of Grief and Moo and received theSpur Award for Best Novel of the West for her book The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton. Her novel Horse Heaven was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, she was awarded the Friends of American Writers Prize for her novel At Paradise Gate, and she is a three-time winner of the O. Henry Award for short stories. In 1997, Ms. Smiley was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and, in 2006, she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.
In addition to numerous other novels, Ms. Smiley has written several works of nonfiction, including Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, a history and anatomy of the novel as a form, and The Man Who Invented the Computer, an account of the complex and sometimes amazing circumstances that led to one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. Ms. Smiley also has published a five volume horse series for young adults.
The Wilmette Public Library’s One Book, Everybody Reads program began in 2006. The series is designed not only to create opportunities for shared enjoyment of a selected book, but also to enhance each individual’s reading experience and introduce readers to a book and/or author with whom they might not otherwise be familiar. In an effort to make the title available to the entire community, the Library offers copies of the book in a variety of formats.
Previous One Book programs have featured the following books and authors: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat (2014), Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (2013), State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (2012), Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (2011), Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (2010), The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester (2009), Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (2008), A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind (2007), and Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian (2006).