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Julia Glass, author of The Widower's Tale


Julia Glass's visit is sponsored by:

The Ella Anderson Trust

Friends of the Nashua Public Library


Race to Read

In 2013, the Nashua School District is sponsoring Race to Read, a program inspired by Nashua Reads. In Race to Read, students entering sixth grade will share their reading-for-pleasure experiences this summer and fall. More information.

Questions about Nashua Reads?
For more information about Nashua Reads, contact Carol Eyman at (603) 589-4610 or carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org.


One City, One Book 2013: Nashua Reads The Widower's Tale

Meet Julia Glass on October 25

The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass is the selection for the 2013 Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program.

About the book

Seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. But his routines are disrupted when he is persuaded to let a locally beloved preschool take over his barn. As Percy sees his rural refuge overrun by children, parents, and teachers, he must re-examine the solitary life he has made in the three decades since the sudden death of his wife. Julia Glass spins a captivating tale about a man who can no longer remain aloof from his community, his two grown daughters, or—to his great shock—the precarious joy of falling in love.

About the author

Julia Glass stunned the literary world in 2002 with her first novel, Three Junes. It won the National Book Award and led Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls (the very first Nashua Reads book) to say, "Julia Glass's talent just sends chills up my spine; her novel, Three Junes, is a marvel."

Julia's third novel, I See You Everywhere, won the Binghamton University John Gardner Book Award. Julia's short fiction has won several prizes, and her personal essays have been widely anthologized. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.

Get your copy now

The library has over 50 copies of The Widower's Tale, including large-print and audio versions. Two sets of 11 books, each including a large-print copy, are available for borrowing by book groups.

So reserve your copy; read it; talk about it with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors; and then come to the Nashua Public Library to meet the author this fall.

Nashua Reads Events

All events take place at the Nashua Public Library and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

RISE Class

Sponsored by the Rivier Institute for Senior Education; open to all. You may attend some or all the sessions. Held on Wednesdays from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm. Final session is the meet-the-author event, Beyond the Book, on October 25.

Nature in Fiction

With its storylines about development, the environment, and even a treehouse, Julia Glass treats nature as a character in The Widower's Tale. In this class we'll read some short fiction dealing with similar themes. Please preregister at tinyurl.com/nashuareads.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
10:45 am, NPL Theater

Film: Beginners

2010/105 mins./Rated R

Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor star in this story of the relationship between a young man and his father, who makes drastic life changes in his seventies, after the death of his wife.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
10:45 am, NPL Theater

Discussion of The Widower's Tale

Led by Lisa Allen. Be sure to reserve a copy several weeks ahead of time so you can read it before the class. Preregister at tinyurl.com/nashuareads.

Wednesday , September 25 , 2013
10:45 am, NPL Theater

Discussion of Three Junes

Join this discussion of Julia Glass's National Book Award-winning first novel. Led by Lisa Allen. If you need a copy of the book, contact Carol at (603) 589-4610 or carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org. Or pick one up when you attend one of the earlier class sessions. Preregister at tinyurl.com/nashuareads.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
10:45 am, NPL Theater

Beyond the Book: An Evening with Julia Glass

Thanks to support from the Friends of the Library and the Ella Anderson Trust, author Julia Glass will be on hand to talk about The Widower's Tale and answer your questions. Toadstool Books will bring copies of Julia's books for sale and signing. Before the presentation, a private wine and cheese reception with the author will be held in the library's theater.

Bring your book group, and enter our drawing for a bag of up to 12 copies of next year's Nashua Reads book!

Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door, or $25 for entry to both the private reception and presentation. Available at www.mktix.com/npl and at the Nashua Public Library circulation desk. Or print this mail-order form.

Friday, October 25, 2013
Private reception: 6 pm
Nashua Public Library Theater

Public presentation: 7 pm
Nashua Public Library Music/Art/Media Wing

Note new location this year!

About Nashua Reads: One City, One Book

The goal of the One City, One Book program is to get as many Nashuans as possible to read the same book and talk about it with friends, coworkers, and neighbors. The program is now in its eleventh year.

The idea of community reading programs originated in 1998, when the Washington Center for the Book sponsored "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book." In the years since, similar programs, under names like "One City, One Book," "The Big Read," and others, have been held throughout the US.