The name of the organizer of "Walnut Creek Reads: One City, One Book" was misspelled. Her name is Terry Goss.
WALNUT CREEK -- Terry Goss doesn't mince words when it comes to this year's selection for the citywide book club Walnut Creek Reads.
"It's not a fun read," says Goss, one of the organizers of the program who helped choose Ray Bradbury's classic "Fahrenheit 451." But the novel is a quick, necessary and timely read, she says.
"There are lots of things in there that are very important to us today," she said. "In this day and age the freedom to read and freedom to read widely is more important than it ever was because there are so many people who want to tell us what to think."
This is the eighth year for the "Walnut Creek Reads: One City, One Book" program, spearheaded by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and the Contra Costa County Library. The program encourages residents to read the same book at the same time and then participate in a series of communitywide events in the fall that celebrate the book.
This was the first time Walnut Creek Reads chose a classic book.
Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," written in 1953, deals with censorship and the burning of books. The kickoff event for the program will be "Reading -- Why Bother?" at 7 p.m., Sept. 18, when author Kevin Smokler talks about how to look at a classic book in a different way. Smokler is the author of "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School." Smokler surmises that "Fahrenheit 451" is really about a man who hates his job, Goss said.
The main character "comes to the understanding what he is doing is something he doesn't want to do anymore," she said.
Other events include a workshop on creating a graphic novel, a photography contest for teens and a presentation on the metaphor of book burning. There will also be book discussions.
To make sure the book is available in abundance, the library foundation purchased 100 copies for the Ygnacio Valley branch and the downtown library, in addition to e-books participants can download on their electronic-readers or tablets.
City Reads programs also are known as "One Book" projects, started in 1998 by the Library of Congress' Washington Center for the Book. While some local programs have fallen away since then, others, like Walnut Creek's, are still going strong. The San Francisco Reads program recently announced its 2013 pick "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow.
For more information on Walnut Creek Reads and to reserve seats for the events go to www.WCLibrary.org or call 925-935-5395.
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.