Re: Send us your suggestions
posted at 6/13/2010 8:45 AM EDT
If you visit the Mass Center for the Book website you will find, under the Book Awards section, ten years of great books written by Mass writers or about the commonwealth (http://massbook.org/pastwinners.html
). Any of those books would make for great community reads. If you click into the "Census" section, you'll find even more books to think about.
You can also check out the "Massachusetts" section of the Library of Congress/Center for the Book "One Book Programs" page to see the nearly 40 (and counting) communities in Mass that run one-book programs (http://www.read.gov/resources/
All that said, I wonder a bit about an all-city reads program for a place as large, diverse, and fundamentally literate as Boston because I think there's a tipping point between bringing a community together around a shared reading experience and imposing a curriculum from a central authority.
I've long thought it could be more interesting and innovative to think about an All Back Bay Reads, All Mattapan Reads, All Dorchester Reads, and etc, with all neighborhoods reading at the same time and then coming together to talk about the many books being read across the city so that diversity might be foregrounded in the common purpose.
In other words, since Boston hasn't been compelled to jump on the bandwagon, maybe it could create an interesting variation that moves the project forward in a new way?
My two cents,
Sharon Shaloo, Director, Massachusetts Center for the Book