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2019 Selection: Southernmost by Silas House

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.

2020 Selection: Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens

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Past Selections: 

2019 Selection: Southernmost by Silas House

 

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

 

About the Title

richmond readsDescribed by Library Journal as a “powerful, unforgettable crime novel” and "a coming-of-age book to rival some of the best,” Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens presents a timely story filled with mystery, intrigue and personal discovery. Fifteen year old Boady Sanden wants nothing more than to escape the small town of Jessup, Missouri, where he lives with his widowed mother. His life changes in  unexpected ways when the Elgins– a black  family– move in across the street and cause Boady to reexamine his understanding of the world as he knows it. The town has also been unsettled by the sudden and ominous disappearance of Lida Poe, a black woman who kept the books at the local plastics factory. As Boady delves into this mystery and navigates the racial tensions around him, he uncovers more than he expected about his family, his neighbors and himself.

 

About the Author

richmond readsAllen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The  Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, The Shadows We Hide, and Nothing More Dangerous. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 26 languages. Allen has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline  University. After law school, he studied creative writing in the M.F.A.  program at Minnesota State University-Mankato, as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival. Allen grew up on the hills of central Missouri. He now lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota where he recently retired after practicing criminal law for 25 years.

Biographical information from alleneskens.com.

Read the Book

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens is available to check out at the Richmond Library in hardcover or audio. It is available as an eBook or Audiobook on Overdrive. Limited copies are available to purchase for $24 at the library (coordinated by Lift Bridge Books in Brockport).  Don't have a library card?  Here's how to get one.

Participate in the events!

Author Visit 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7 pm
Join author Allen Eskens for a reading, talk and book signing. 
Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

*Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID19 pandemic, programs may be virtual or in-person.
More details will be available as the event date gets closer!  If the author visit is in-person, location details will be announced.

 


Book Discussions and other events to be announced!  

 

Support the Program

Richmond Reads is an independent initiative 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

Richmond Memorial Library will host Allen Eskens on Thursday, October 22 at 7 pm for a reading and book signing.  Books will be available for purchase.

Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID19 pandemic, programs may be virtual or in-person.
More details will be available as the event date gets closer! If the author visit is in-person, location details will be announced.

 

Questions?

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

Ways to Connect
Richmond Reads Committee

Sue Briggs
Sue Chiddy
Leslie DeLooze
Cynthia Hagelberger
Irene Hickey
Judy Sikora
Samantha Stryker