What is the power of one book? Can it do more than enlighten and entertain individual readers? Can it impact the heart and soul of a community, help us to open new lines of communication and lay the groundwork for a stronger and better Forsyth County? We believe that On the Same Page, the Library's community book reading program, has the potential to do just that. On the Same Page seeks to broaden appreciation of literature through the shared experience of reading and discussing a single work of literature. It offers us a unique opportunity to see things through a different perspective, one that will only expand our understanding of the world around us.
The Forsyth County Public Library also sponsors an annual celebration of poetry that complements On the Same page, called On the Same Poem, in which participants read and discuss a single poem.
Now in its 18th year, On the Same Page continues!
2018 Book Selection
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
September 8 through October 20, 2018
The Forsyth County Public Library has stepped out of its comfort zone with this year’s NEA Big Read: On The Same Page selection, and it hopes that the community will be willing to follow
“Pretty Monsters,” a short story collection by Kelly Link combines elements of science fiction, horror and fantasy. Link uses the weird, the otherworldly and the paranormal to get at the universal with a motley cast that includes aliens, ghosts, wizards and the ordinary folk who encounter them.
Each library branch will have a variety of programs related to “Pretty Monsters,” ranging from a wizard’s tea to a monster movie series.
“Pretty Monsters” will also be the focus of several events at Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors on Saturday, Sept. 8 in downtown Winston-Salem.
There will be a Young Adults Fantasy Panel discussion with authors Roshani Chokshi, Zoraida Cordova, Claire Legrand and Makiia Lucier from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at Hanesbrands Theatre.
Learn why “Pretty Monsters” should be your next must read this fall at “Magic and Monsters and Mysteries, Oh My!” from 2:45-3:30 p.m. at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.
In addition, the library will feature these special programs:
Take Out: A Sigrid Harald Novel by Margaret Maron
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Serena by Ron Rash
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
The Road to Devotion by Cameron Kent
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Land Breakers by John Ehle
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee