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Award-winning author here for ‘Read Along the River’

September 15, 2010
By DEAN WELLS dwells@timesobserver.com
Award-winning author Sy Montgomery will arrive in town on Thursday to close out the Warren Library Association’s annual “Read Along the River” program. Montgomery, whose book “The Good Good Pig” was chosen as the subject for the 2010 “Read Along the River Program” is scheduled to arrive in Warren Thursday afternoon, where she will give a presentation in the Slater Room tailored for young children. “Really, older kids can come, too,” said Warren Public Library director Patty Sherbondy. “It’s kind of going to be a family story hour. Registration is appreciated, but if people want to come, we’re not going to turn them away.” Montgomery, who is traveling from Hancock, New Hampshire, has a busy itinerary on Friday. At 9 a.m., the author will address third and fourth graders from the Warren County School District at the Struthers Library Theatre. She will speak to seventh and eighth graders from the district at 1 p.m. “She told us that from the moment she hit Warren County, she was all ours,” Sherbondy said. “We took full advantage of that.” Montgomery is scheduled to give a free lecture on her book, “The Good Good Pig,” at the Library Theatre Friday night at 7 p.m. The lecture is open to the public and includes a book signing and reception with light refreshments following the program. Copies of “The Good Good Pig” are available for purchase at the Warren Library, according to “Read Along the River” committee member Sharon Gage. The books will also be sold at the theater before and after Montgomery’s lecture. Montgomery, who has written 15 books for children and adults, has been described by the New York Times as “equal parts poets and scientist,” and by the Boston Globe as “part Indiana Jones and part Emily Dickinson.” “The Good Good Pig,” Montgomery’s memoir of her life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood, is an international bestseller. She is the winner of the 2009 New England Independent Booksellers Association Nonfiction Award, the 2010 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Henry Bergh Award for Nonfiction and dozens of other honors. Montgomery graduated from Syracuse University in 1979 with a triple major in Magazine Journalism, French Language and Literature and Psychology. In 2004, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees. “She’s really a writer of non-fiction for all levels – children, teens and adults,” Sherbondy said. “She is very excited to be coming here.” According to Gage, Montgomery’s appearance in Warren is being funded by an anonymous donor who recommended the committee might want to consider using her as the subject for its 2010 program. “Truly, we were able to do the program this year thanks to this gift,” Sherbondy said. “Otherwise we have no funding available for this program.” In addition to Montgomery, the “Read Along the River” program has drawn various notable authors to the county for free lectures over the last seven years, including Jeanne Marie Laskas, “Marley and Me” author John Grogan, and Louanne Johnson, author of “My Posse Don’t do Homework,” the basis for the Michelle Pfeiffer movie “Dangerous Minds.”
 
 

 

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