Registration is now open for the 2016 All Iowa Reads (AIR) Webinar on Wednesday, January 27 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This webinar is designed to help library staff, trustees, and community discussion leaders plan a discussion of the 2016 AIR selection, Lila by Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson.
Webinar highlights will include:
- Mini reviews of books that were AIR 2016 finalists
- Review of the criteria used to select Lila
- Resources available on the Iowa Center for the Book’s AIR website:
- Publicity materials
- Tips on how to make your discussion successful
- Availability of multiple copies to use for your discussion
- Adding your upcoming program to the Iowa Center for the Book AIR Calendar of Events
- In-depth exchange between Susan Craig, Director of the Iowa City Public Library, and George Minot, Professor of English at Kirkwood Community College, who will summarize the story, introduce the characters, and identify topics and themes important to librarians planning their own discussions.
- Participant chat and questions throughout.
Register in the CE Catalog to attend the webinar. After registration, participants will be emailed instructions on how to install and use the web conferencing software and a link to the virtual “room” where the event will be held.
Contact Helen Dagley at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. An archive of the Webinar session will be available online after the event for librarians unable attend the live session.
For more information on All Iowa Reads, go to www.iowacenterforthebook.org/air/home.
"This third of three novels set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, is a masterpiece of prose in the service of the moral seriousness that distinguishes Robinson's work . . . Lila is a superb creation. Largely uneducated, almost feral, Lila has a thirst for stability and knowledge. As she yearns to forget the terrible memories and shame of her past, Lila is hesitant to reveal them to her loving new husband. The courtship of the couple--John Ames: tentative, shy, and awkward; Lila: naïve, suspicious, wary, full of dread--will endure as a classic set piece of character revelation, during which two achingly lonely people discover the comfort of marital love . . . Robinson carefully crafts this provocative and deeply meaningful spiritual search for the meaning of existence. What brings the couple together is a joyous appreciation of the beauty of the natural world and the possibility of grace.” (Publishers Weekly)