Monday, December 4, 2017

Paulette Jiles Represents Texas in the National Book Festival - Will Speak Here March 2018

Author Paulette Jiles discusses being chosen as "Texas' Great Read" for 2017 and being part of the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., an honor bestowed on one book from each state each year.

You can hear her speak on March 8, 2018, at 7 P.M. on the Three Rivers Community College campus at the Tinnin Center.  This will be the culminating event of the 2018 "Book in the Bluff" and is brought to you by Sterling Bank.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lone Star Literary Life - Interview of Paulette Jiles and Book Reviews

Learn more about our visiting author and read reviews of "News of the World" by following this link to the Lone Star Literary Life website:  Lone Star Literary Life

After reading, come back here and leave any thoughts, comments, questions, etc., you may have in the section below.  Let the discussion begin!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sterling Bank to Sponsor Second "Book in The Bluff"

By John R. Stanard

Poplar Bluff's Municipal Library once more is planning a communitywide reading event to encourage people to read and discuss the same book in 2018.  After the smashing success of "The Book in The Bluff" project during the library's centennial celebration last year, Sterling Bank again has agreed to sponsor the event.
Featured in 2018 will be News of the World, a historical fiction novel authored by Missouri native Paulette Jiles and published in 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers.  Last year's "The Book in The Bluff" selection was The Boys in the Boat, the story of the U.S. rowing team that won the gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Scott Spencer, president and CEO of Sterling Bank, said, "We strongly value the role of our Municipal Library and the important part it plays in the lives of the citizens of our region.  Our continuing sponsorship of this biennial reading event is evidence of our strong commitment to the literacy and culture of our community."  
New York Times Best-Selling Author Paulette Jiles, who was born in the Missouri Ozarks, has several relatives and friends in the Poplar Bluff area.  One of her previous novels, Enemy Women, a Civil War story set in the Cape Girardeau area, drew wide critical acclaim.  News of the World was a National Book Award finalist and has garnered enthusiastic reviews in scores of major media outlets.
Ms. Jiles will lecture on News of the World at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Three Rivers College campus.  Sterling's support will cover Ms. Jiles' speaking fee and travel expenses as well as the costs of marketing, publicity and related activities.
A steering committee for "The Book in The Bluff, comprised of library staff, trustees and other community members, has met monthly since June to plan for the upcoming event.  Sue Crites Szostak, Municipal Library director, praised the committee for its work and thanked Sterling Bank for its ongoing support of the project.  "Our partnerships with Sterling Bank and other community entities enable our library to expand opportunities for our patrons beyond what our budget normally will allow," she said.
"Communitywide reading events are increasingly popular across America these days," Ms. Szostak said. "These projects have been quite successful in promoting both literacy and community spirit."
Junior and senior high school students in all the schools in Butler County, as well as a book club at Three Rivers College, will be involved in reading News of the World, Ms. Szostak said.  Other local book clubs also will be involved.
Kathy Sanders, co-chairman of the steering committee, described News of the World as "an excellent choice by our committee.   It appeals to history buffs, lovers of Westerns, people of rural backgrounds, those who like 'coming of age' books and folks of all ages," Ms. Sanders said.
News of the World has little to do with international news but everything to do with 1870s frontier life in Texas, which was truly the "Wild West."  The title comes from the book's central character, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd. The former U.S. Army officer earns his living traveling the countryside of northern Texas giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. Many of his patrons were illiterate.
While "reading" in Wichita Falls, the captain is offered a $50 gold piece to safely escort a 10-year-old orphan girl back to her relatives near San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa Indian raiders killed then 6-year-old Johanna's parents and raised her as their own. She recently has been rescued by U.S. Army soldiers and torn away from the only life she can remember.
Capt. Kidd takes on the assignment, a 400-mile journey through unsettled territory and hazardous terrain occupied by raiding Indians and bandits.  Johanna has forgotten the English language, throws away the shoes given her, refuses to act "civilized" and often tries to escape. Yet, as the miles pass, the young girl and the grizzled old Army veteran of two wars gradually begin to trust each other.  They finally form a bond that helps both survive the treacherous trek.
Author Jiles, born in 1943 at Salem, Mo., and raised along with her 12 siblings in Salem and other south Missouri communities, now lives with her husband in a renovated ranch house at Utopia, a small town about 30 miles from Uvalde in the Texas Hill Country.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Book trailer: "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles

A wonderful introduction to this year's Book in the Bluff reading selection!  Hear from "News of the World" author, Paulette Jiles, in this book trailer.

Like and share with your friends and family online and help us spread the word throughout the community.  If you haven't reserved a copy to read yet, stop by the library, call, or place a hold from our website:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Library To Host Bestselling Author, Paulette Jiles

Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District hosts Paulette Jiles. She presents her bestselling novel News of the World 7 p.m. on March 8, 2018, in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center at Three Rivers Community College.

Ms. Jiles, a Salem, Missouri native with deep roots in Butler County, is the featured speaker celebrating the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library community read, News of the World. The Book in The Bluff encourages all of Butler and surrounding counties to develop and grow sparking conversations and community. The Book in The Bluff began with the library’s centennial in 2016. The success of this program encouraged us to make this an annual event.

News of the World is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. In addition, the book was chosen as the 2017 Texas' Great Read at the National Festival of Books in Washington, D. C. along with the 2017 Spur Award Nominee for Best Western Traditional Novel, and 2016 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction.
“1870, North Texas, rainy and cold. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels from town to town giving readings from the latest newspapers, bringing the news of the world to isolated towns on the Texas frontier. In Wichita Falls, he is asked to return a captive girl to her relatives near San Antonio, 400 miles to the south. The old man and the ten-year-old start out on a hazardous journey, no less risky because the girl considers herself now a Kiowa and does not have the slightest desire to return. Bandits and Comanche raids and violent weather make as many difficulties as the ten-year old girl who can’t speak English, eats with her hands and knows how to use a revolver. In the end, he finds he must return her to relatives who don’t want her, even though he and the girl have become trusting friends. A story of courage and honor and the truth that these two things are often the possession of even the unlikeliest people.”

Thursday, November 2, 2017

What is Book in the Bluff??

What is "The Book in the Bluff?"

This is a community-wide program aiming to accomplish the following goals:
  • To encourage leisure reading.
  • To encourage community collaboration throughout the Poplar Bluff region.
  • To provide a variety of means of participation through book discussions and other programs.
  • To provide resources for book discussion groups.