"Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann

(2011 selection)

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Events for "Let the Great World Spin"

Photo of book cover:Let the Great World Spin

As part of its 2011 One Book, Everybody Reads program, the Wilmette Public Library presented a series of events related to Let the Great World Spin, the 2009 National Book Award winning novel by Colum McCann. 

Patron comments about the 2011 "One Book, Everybody Reads" program:
"Fabulous! Thank you!"
"Outstanding program"
"What a wonderful program and way to engage the community. Thank you."
“ 'One Book, Everybody Reads,' is a great program."
"Thank you so much!"
"Keep up the excellent work!"

April 16 from 12 - 2 pm: The 2011 "One Book, Everybody Reads" season kicked off. A raffle was held, and the winner received a copy of Let the Great World Spin.

April 25 at 7 pm: Well-known local book discussion facilitator and reviewer Judy Levin led a discussion ofLet the Great World Spin as part of the Wilmette Public Library’s monthly “Fourth Monday Book Club” series. 
Patron comments:
"Judy's programs are always enjoyable."
"Judy really knows her material." 

April 28 at 7 pm: A screening of the award-winning documentary, Man on Wire, was held. The film portrays funambulist Philippe Petit’s high wire walk between New York City’s Twin Towers. Repeated on May 17 at 10:30 am. 
Patron comments:
"Great subject. Well done."
"Wonderful film!" 

May 3 at 7 pm: Community members were invited to enjoy small tastings of “New York Street Food” provided by Corner Cooks/Jerry’s.                                                                                                                            Patron comments:
"Great food and great presenter."
"Delicious samples and exquisite humor." 

May 5 at 10 am: Local residents were invited to come for coffee, sweets, and a discussion of Let the Great World Spin, led by one of the library’s Adult Services librarians. Link’s Sweet Bean, 1141 Greenleaf, Wilmette.

May 12 at 7 pm: Steve Bogira, author of Courtroom 302, gave an inside picture of the country’s busiest criminal courthouse when he discussed “Criminal Courts, Chicago Style.” Mr. Bogira has written for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader and is now the Reader’s political editor. 
Patron comments:
"Excellent speaker."
"Experienced author, interesting topic."

May 17 at 10:30 am: Repeat screening of the award-winning documentary, Man on Wire. The film portrays funambulist Philippe Petit’s high wire walk between New York City’s Twin Towers. 
Patron comments:
Excellent film. Good to have it as part of the “One Book” series.
I liked the connection to the book for the “One Book, Everybody Reads” program.

May 22 at 2 pm: Author Colum McCann visited Wilmette to discuss his novel, Let the Great World Spin, winner of the 2009 National Book Award. Borders Books and Music in Wilmette had books available for purchase and signing at the event. Held at the Wilmette Park District’s Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette. 
Patron comments:
"The author was charming – he made the book come alive."
"He was fabulous. The Q & A was very good."
"Fabulous program!"
"McCann was totally engaging. I want to read the book again."
"Articulate, wonderful speaker."
"Speaker was wonderful -- warm & giving, truthful & humorous."
"Literature comes to life!" 

June 22, June 29, July 6, and July 13 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm: Noted New Trier High School English teacher John O'Connor conducts a four-session writing workshop at the library. The program will be open to high school students and adults and is limited to 15 participants. 

Funding for "One Book, Everybody Reads" is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

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