SR! 2013 Season News

Deadline for Saratoga Reads Book Nominations is August 24

Public vote to determine winner

The clock is ticking for those who want to suggest a book for the next round of Saratoga Reads. As the community-wide reading program gears up for its ninth year, organizers are seeking nominations from the community for the next book of choice.

Nominations should be works of prose such as novels, short stories, memoirs, non-fiction works, and biographies. The suggested books must be readily available in paperback, capable of inspiring community participation and dialogue, and appealing to a wide audience.

A nomination box is located at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The deadline for nominations is August 24, but organizers are looking for an early response.

“We are urging community members to make their nominations as soon as possible, so that our Selection Advisory Group can get a jump start reading the suggested books,” said Tabitha Orthwein, president of the Saratoga Reads board. She noted that all titles that fit the criteria are carefully reviewed, and that the selection group works throughout the summer and early fall to come up with a ballot of the top five for a community vote.

Saratoga Reads will announce a ballot of the top titles on October 1 and will then open the selection process up to a public vote through the month of October. The winning book will be announced in early November.

Saratoga Reads is a community-based organization dedicated to creating an extensive and shared conversation for a range of age groups. The program centers on community-wide reading of a single book, one compelling enough to inspire lively conversation and diverse educational and cultural activities. To inspire young readers, the organization each year produces a list of junior companion books for a range of reading levels.