Election season may still be heating up, but the ballots are in, the votes are counted and the public has spoken – the next Big Read community reading title is The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. With a total of 740 online and paper ballots cast for four different finalists, The Rosie Project received a majority of 250 votes.
Simsion's debut novel tells the story of a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics and his quest to meet the perfect wife. He approaches the task in the same orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for, yet just might be his perfect match.
"We should have a lot of fun and interesting discussions around this book," said Jean Gaffney, co-chair of The Big Read committee. "The lighthearted nature of the story opens up a lot of fun possibilities for programs and discussions," said Gaffney. The novel deals with such serious topics as autism spectrum disorders, genetics and DNA testing, marriage and fidelity, appreciation of differences and overcoming stereotypes, all in a "sparkling, laugh out-loud novel" (- Kirkus Starred Review).
This will be the 10th year for The Big Read, which begins in earnest in the spring of 2015. A kickoff event, book discussions, other programs will take place beginning March 1 and culminating during National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015. Book discussions and other programs will take place in area libraries, bookstores and coffee shops.
"The Big Read brings people together to talk about the same book and enjoy conversation and activities," said Ben Murphy, co-chair of The Big Read. "Over the years it has expanded to include nine public library systems and three academic libraries across five counties, as well as various local businesses and nonprofit organizations."
Joining the Dayton Metro Library in the 2015 Big Read are: Brown Memorial Public Library, Franklin-Springboro Public Library, Greene County Public Library, Five Rivers MetroParks, National College, Preble County District Library, Project READ, Sinclair Community College, Tipp City Public Library, Troy-Miami County Public Library, University of Dayton, Washington-Centerville Public Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library. The Big Read is sponsored by Books & Co. and The Friends of the Dayton Metro Library.
For more information on The Big Read, including book and author details, visit BigRead.org. A schedule of activities and book discussions will be posted in January.