"Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout

(2010 selection)

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For its 2010 One Book, Everybody Reads program, the Wilmette Public Library held a series of events related to the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout:

April 17 from 12 - 2 pm: One Book, Everybody Reads kicks off at Borders Books and Music in Wilmette. Elizabeth Strout's books, including Olive Kitteridge, will be available for purchase. A raffle will be held, and the winner will receive a complete set of Ms. Strout's three novels. 3232 Lake Avenue, Wilmette.

April 19 at 7 pm: Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune, will discuss “Book Awards: Should the Prizes Influence What You Read?” Ms. Taylor, former President of the National Book Critics Circle and juror for the Pulitzer Prize, will discuss the process and influence of book prizes.
Patron comments:

"Thanks for the special program(s)."

"Great programs!"

April 26 at 7 pm: Well-known local book discussion facilitator and reviewer Judy Levin will lead a discussion of Olive Kitteridge as part of the Wilmette Public Library’s monthly “Fourth Monday Book Club” series. The discussion will focus on the various relationships among the characters in the small Maine town where Olive lives. 

Patron comments:


"Superb! More discussions with Ms. Levin."

"Judy Levin is a great presenter."

"Thank you. This was my first time and I am so glad I came!"

"Book discussion was excellent!" 

May 6 at 7 pm: Victoria Lautman, founder, host, and producer of the author interview series, "Writers on the Record," will share her experiences interviewing famous authors at a program titled “Author Interviews are like Blind Dates.”. Ms. Lautman’s interview with Elizabeth Strout, in addition to her interviews with numerous other authors, can be found at www.victorialautman.com.
Patron comments:

"Very interesting"

"Victoria Lautman was great. Have her back again!"

"Great! Love the WPL!"

"Great programs." 

May 11 at 7 pm: Community members are invited to enjoy “A Taste of Maine,” when recipes and small tastes of Maine, from savory seafood to sweet blueberries, will be presented by Wilmette’s gourmet food shop, A La Carte. The program is limited to 30 participants; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Patron comments:

"This library is the best!"

"Thank you!"


May 16 at 2 pm: Author Elizabeth Strout will visit Wilmette to discuss Olive Kitteridge. Borders Books and Music in Wilmette will have books available for purchase and signing at the event. 
Please note that this event will be held at the Wilmette Park District’s Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette.
Patron comments:

"Wonderful program!"

"Excellent presentation."

"Thank you! Great program. Well organized for large crowd."

"Great talk." 

June 15, 22, 29 and July 6 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm: Noted New Trier High School English teacher John O'Connor will conduct a four-session short story writing workshop at the library from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The program will be open to high school students and adults and is limited to 15 participants. To register, call the Recent Arrivals desk at (847) 256-6930, beginning May 17. 

Patron comments:

"Mr. O’Connor is great! He makes writing extremely enjoyable."

"I will be leaving town soon but I wish I could attend more sessions. Thank you!"

"John is very talented, knowledgeable, and inspiring."

"This was a very worthwhile class – wonderful teacher. Thank you."

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

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