Nashvillians looking to join a book club but can’t find others who are interested need look no further than their own library.
Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Public Library on Tuesday announced the launch of “Nashville Reads,” which they hope will lead to a shared reading experience for the public ranging over a variety of literary styles and reading levels.
“We are a city of readers, and to read the same book at the same time gives us an easy connection with the diverse people we encounter in Nashville every day,” Dean said. “I hope book clubs and other organizations will use Nashville Reads as an opportunity to participate in a citywide dialogue. There are so many ways reading can be a community activity.”
The first book for readers will be “The Handmaid’s Tale,” by Margaret Atwood, who was also named the 2012 recipient of the Nashville Public Library Literary Award.
Moderated book discussions and other events are set for the “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and the inaugural Nashville Reads campaign is set to conclude on Oct. 27 with Atwood scheduled to deliver a free public lecture tied to the literary award.
To participate in Nashville Reads, visit www.library.nashville.org/nashvillereads for additional information on the program.