Loveland Loves to Read, with Tom Franklin
Despite the devastating aftermath of the historic floods, faithful readers filled the Rialto Theater on September 20th to hear award-winning author Tom Franklin. Aptly named the literary voice of the South, Tom regaled the audience with stories from his childhood and his writing career, focusing on incidents that he wrote into our Loveland Loves to Read chosen book, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.
Questions from the audience stimulated discussion on how he chose the title and the characters’ names, and about raising chickens. Meanwhile, attendees took advantage of Book Haven’s book table and were able to add autographed books to their libraries.
Many enjoyed a more informal and intimate gathering the following morning at the Chilson Center, where Tom and his wife Beth Ann Fennelly discussed their new novel, The Tilted World. The book wasn’t due to be released until October 1st, but Book Haven was able to obtain copies for sale at our events, and their supply quickly sold out. The husband and wife team, both professors at Ole Miss in Oxford, MS, were delightful and entertaining. Some comments on the evaluations: “You hit a home run with Tom Franklin and Beth Ann…We were enchanted!” “Probably best author and book of all the years—good job!”
For those who missed the weekend events, a DVD of Tom Franklin’s presentation will be available in the library for checkout. Some of our previous years’ LLTR author events are also available in the library’s collection.
Watch our website and newsletter for next year’s book and author. Suggestions are always appreciated; use the Contact Us link on our website or leave a message at (970) 962-2712.