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Book project sets author meetings

"A Northern Light," by Jennifer Donnelly of Brooklyn, is this month's featured book during the annual Tale of Three Counties book project, which is aimed at readers of all ages.

Residents can meet the author at 1 p.m. today in Genesee Community College on R.S. Hawley Drive.

Other chances to meet the author are 7 p.m. today, Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St.; 7 p.m. Friday in Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave., Medina; and 2 p.m. Saturday in Perry Elementary-Middle School auditorium, 50 Olin Ave.

There already have been 18 book discussions at various libraries in the three counties.

Leslie DeLooze, community services librarian for the Richmond Public Library, said the book is a coming-of-age novel with elements of a murder-mystery. The book draws from a true murder story that took place in 1906 in the Adirondacks.

"The turnout has been very good," DeLooze said of book discussions, each attended by an average of 10 to 20 people. "The book is always out here and at other libraries."

Organizers said the project -- with 20 public libraries of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties and Genesee Community College participating -- is designed to promote book discussions and reading among people of all ages.

"A Northern Light" won the Carnegie Medal and Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2003, and the Borders Original Voices Prize and a Michael L. Printz Honor in 2004.

The book was selected by a group of 14 librarians and residents.

"We have a set of criteria," DeLooze said. "We are looking for fiction, an award-winning novel. We are looking for the theme of rural family life."

An estimated 15 to 20 books were reviewed before a the selection was made. Local authors were considered for the project.

The author lives in Brooklyn. Donnelly was born in Port Chester, grew up in New York State, and attended the University of Rochester.

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