Celebrating The Written Word
A Common Read Questions And Answers
What is a Common Read?
A Common Read is when a large group of people read the
same book at the same time and then have discussions
about that book. The discussions can be in book clubs,
classrooms, or gatherings in the library.
Is this the first time the Tangipahoa Parish
Library is conducting a Common Read?
Yes it is. This is something we have wanted to sponsor
for some time. Southeastern Louisiana University has
Common Reads and they have been very successful.
What is this year’s Common Read book?
The book is Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom
Franklin. A powerful and resonant novel, Crooked Letter,
Crooked Letter tells the riveting story of two boyhood
friends, torn apart by circumstance, who are brought
together again by a terrible crime in a small Mississippi
town. An extraordinary novel that seamlessly blends
elements of crime and Southern literary ction.
How can I get a copy of Crooked Letter,
The library has purchased a number of copies of the
paperback edition. Many of these will be cataloged for
our branches, and cataloged for totes that will be loaned
out to book clubs, senior centers, classrooms at schools,
etc. People may check the book out from one of our
libraries, borrow a copy from the tote that will be loaned
to the Hammond Regional Arts Center, or participate in a
book club or other organization reading the novel.
Who else will be part of the Common Read?
Copies of the book will be given to community leaders
for them to read and to encourage others to get the
book and read. These community leaders include the
Parish Council, Parish President, mayors and city councils,
and civic organizations.
What is the object of the Common Read?
The object is three-fold:
1. To encourage reading.
2. To stimulate dialogue about the themes in this
novel—racism, abuse/domestic violence, and bullying.
3. To foster a sense of community by bringing people
together through literature.
What are the dates of the Common Read?
The library plans to begin Celebrating the Written Word
on Monday, May 1. It will tie into our Summer Reading
Program for adults which also begins in early May. The
Hammond Regional Arts Center will begin focusing on
this program after May 10.
Is Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter author Tom
Franklin coming to Tangipahoa Parish?
Yes! On Friday, October 20, the Tangipahoa Parish Library
will host author Tom Franklin at its Ponchatoula Branch
at 7 p.m. Mr. Franklin will speak about the book, read,
and autograph copies for those who attend. Then on
Saturday, October 21, the Hammond Regional Arts
Center will host Tom Franklin at its Gallery on Thomas
Street. He will speak and sign copies of books brought
by those who attend. Tentative time for this has been set
at 10 a.m. Following the program with Mr. Franklin, there
will be a program for those interested in writing and
publishing their work.
Southern Gothic: A literary Panel
In conjunction with Tangi Library and Hammond Regional Arts Center's collaboration of Celebrating the Written Word: Common Read, Hammond Branch Library will host a Southern Gothic Panel moderated by Dr. Karen Williams, retired English instructor of the Louisiana State University English Department. Local Southern Gothic writers David Armand, Dayne Sherman, and Kent Wascom will be the guest panelists discussing their work and the genre that relates to this year's Common Read selection, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. September 14 at 6:30 PM.
Common Read Book Discussion at Hammond Regional Arts Center
Members of the community are invited to a thoughtful discussion of this year's Celebrating the Written Word Common Read Selection, Crooked Letter, Crooked by Tom Franklin. Discussion will be led by Tangipahoa Parish Library Director Barry Bradford. August 31 at 6:30 PM.