About Richmond Reads

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Richmond Reads is a community one-book program designed specifically for the Richmond Memorial Library community. The goal of the program is for the community to join together in reading the chosen title, and then to participate in subsequent discussions and programs.

2023 Review Contest:
The 2023 Review Contest opens September 1 at 9 am and entries must be received by September 30 at 5 pm.
Paper copies of the review form may be obtained at the library.
PDF icon2023 Review Contest Rules
Review Contest Online Submission Form

Registration for the 2023 Author Visit  is full. To register for the waitlist, visit the reference desk, call 585-343-9550 x3 or email Samantha at sbasile@nioga.org
Registrations available for individuals or two people. Group registrations will not be accepted. 
If you registered but cannot attend, please let us know as soon as possible.
Registration will be confirmed prior to event. 


Past Selections: 

2019 Selection: Southernmost by Silas House
2020 Selection: Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
2021 Selection: The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin

2022 Selection: The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb


Richmond Reads is sponsored by The Friends of Richmond Memorial Library!


About the Title

“Sallie Kincaid is the daughter of the biggest man in a small town, the charismatic Duke Kincaid. Born at the turn of the 20th century into a life of comfort and privilege, Sallie remembers little about her mother who died in a violent argument with the Duke. By the time she is just eight years old, the Duke has remarried and had a son, Eddie.
While Sallie is her father’s daughter, sharp-witted and resourceful, Eddie is his mother’s son, timid and cerebral. When Sallie tries to teach young Eddie to be more like their father, her daredevil coaching leads to an accident, and Sallie is cast out.
Nine years later, she returns, determined to reclaim her place in the family. That’s a lot more complicated than Sallie expected, and she enters a world of conflict and lawlessness. Sallie confronts the secrets and scandals that hide in the shadows of the Big House, navigates the factions in the family and town, and finally comes into her own as a bold, sometimes reckless bootlegger.” (from publisher summary)

About the Author

Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than eight years. She is also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor. 

For more information on this Speaker please visit www.simonspeakers.com. Photo by John Taylor.



Read the Book

Check out the book from the library in regular print or large print, or borrow it on Libby as an eBook or Audiobook beginning June 29!

Copies can be purchased at the library anytime after June 29, 2023 until the author visit on October 10, 2023 for $20, cash or check made out to Friends of Richmond Memorial Library. Paperback copies of Walls' other works- The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star are also available for $15.

Participate in the events!

Friday, September 8 at 7 pm: Battle of the Library Bartenders Richmond Reads Fundraiser at GO-Art!
Wednesday, September 13 at 7 pm: Rolling out the Barrels: A Look at the Local History of Prohibition 
Thursday, September 21 at 6 pm: Richmond Reads Reel Discussions- The Glass Castle 
Thursday, September 28 at 6 pm- GCC Program- Music of Appalachia with fiddle player Haley Moore

Tuesday, October 10 at 7 pm: Author Visit with Jeannette Walls at Richmond Memorial Library
Registration required. Registration will open Monday, August 21. 





Support the Program

Richmond Reads is an independent initiative of Richmond Memorial Library and sponsored by the Friends of Richmond Memorial Library.  We welcome all support of the program.  Should you wish to contribute financially, forms are available at the front desk or at the reference desk.

Attend the Author Visit

Jeannette Walls will visit Richmond Memorial Library on Tuesday, October 10 at 7 pm for an author talk and book signing!

This event will be free as always, but registration will be required.

Registration opens Monday, August 21 at 9 am. To register, visit the reference desk, call 585-343-9550 x3 or email Samantha at sbasile@nioga.org
Registration open to individuals or up to two people. Group registrations will not be accepted. Registration will be confirmed prior to the event.
Wait list/ overflow seating will be available on a limited basis.


Contact Samantha Stryker Basile, Adult & Community Services Librarian at sbasile@nioga.org or at 585-343-9550 x8.

Ways to Connect
Richmond Reads Committee

Sue Briggs
Sue Chiddy
Leslie DeLooze
Cynthia Hagelberger
Irene Hickey
Judy Sikora
Samantha Stryker Basile, Program Coordinator