Editorial: Tale talks begin

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This is the weekend that fans of “A Tale for Three Counties” have been looking forward to since they opened the first chapter of this year’s selection, “The Age of Miracles.” The author, Karen Thompson Walker, is visiting, talking about her book and her writing process, and signing copies at four different locations today, Friday and Saturday.

The annual community reading program for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties offers a selection and encourages people of all ages to read it and participate in discussion groups before meeting the author in March. This is the 13th year for the program, and the first time the selection committee has chosen a work of science fiction.

“The Age of Miracles” is science fiction that people who don’t ordinarily like science fiction can relate to, however. The story was inspired, Ms. Walker says, by the 2004 Indonesia tsunami, which was so powerful that it slowed the rotation of the earth a fraction of a second. The author envisioned a world where the rotation was slowed so much that “real time” and “clock time” became very different and affected the social structure of the world. Those changes are seen through the eyes of a young girl, Julia.

Ms. Walker’s first presentation is at 1 p.m. Thursday at Genesee Community College. Other presentations are set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia; at 7 p.m. Friday at Hoag Library, 134 South Main St., Albion; and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Perry Elementary School Auditorium, 50 Olin Ave., Perry.

Even if you haven’t read this year’s selection, consider attending one of the author’s presentations. It’s an opportunity to be a part of a great community of readers, and hear about the writing process first hand from a successful author. “The Age of Miracles” was named to the “Best Books of 2012” lists for Booklist, BookPage, People Magazine and Publishers Weekly. A feature film is in the works, as well.

Kudos are due the “Tale for Three Counties” selection committee for choosing a book that introduces a new genre, new issues and a new author to area readers.

We also extend a welcome to Ms. Walker. This was a harsh winter. “The Age of Miracles” was a good way to escape into an alternate reality.

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