Every year dozens of worthy titles are submitted by Greenwich residents for consideration for Greenwich Reads Together. Annually, the Greenwich Reads Together Selection Committee winnows the field down to roughly four exceptional books. And every year the committee vociferously debates and makes a final decision on which book will become the Greenwich Reads Together title.
But 2018 is special.
This year the Greenwich Reads Together Selection Committee is placing the power with the people and asking our community to make the final decision on what it wants to read and discuss for Greenwich Reads Together, the community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book.
Choosing among the four will be difficult, but there’s no wrong way to decide. A choice could be made based on how well the book meets the official selection criteria or on how much community discussion the book might generate. Some people may simply choose the book they most want to read.
In order to be selected as a ‘final four’ title, the book had to be of literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions. It had to lend itself to engaging public programs and appeal to a diverse population. It had to be currently in print and available in large quantities and in multiple formats, including ebook, audiobook and large print. In addition, the author had to be alive and available to speak in Greenwich.
Greenwich Reads Together 2018 will take place in the fall.
Exit West, by Mosin Hamid
Janesville: An American Story, by Amy Goldstein
Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Imbue
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II , by Liza Mundy