And the selection for the 20th anniversary of WestportREADs is … “he Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.” Westport Library — the sponsor of the annual event — will host the bestselling author, V.E. Schwab, for a keynote event February 26 (3 p.m., Zoom; click here to register).
Schwab’s compelling story is set in France, in 1714. In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever — and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Her dazzling adventure plays out across centuries and continents, history and art, as sheh learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
“In addition to encouraging literacy and community bonding, ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ will provide some much-needed distraction during these challenging times,” says Library executive director Bill Harmer.
In past years, the Library chose books and topics that were timely and topical. This year, they say, a bit of escapism feels appropriate. They offer multiple copies of the book and discussion guides, and invite Westporters to organize their own book groups with friends and neighbors.
WestportREADS 2022 also includes companion books for younger readers. They include “Willa the Wisp” by Jonathan Auxier for younger elementary school readers, and “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt for older elementary students.
Created in 2002, WestportREADS is a community-wide event. It is supported by a generous bequest from the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.
For more information on how to obtain a physical, audiobook or e-book copy of “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue,” click here.