For the second year in a row the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Program has partnered with Arapahoe Libraries to present the "Village Read". The idea encourages adults of all ages to read one book and participate in thought-provoking discussions and activities derived from the chosen book. The goals of the program are to encourage leisure reading, create community conversations and bring the community together through literature. This year the group has chosen the book "West Plains" by Colorado author David Hicks. In "White Plains", Flynn Hawkins is a graduate assistant at a prestigious university, on his way to greatness and wisdom. But in the aftermath of 9/11, Flynn leaves his unhappy marriage and beloved children, resigns his teaching position, and heads west, only to get lost in his guilt and in the mountains of Colorado. When he ends up stuck overnight in a snow drift during a blizzard on the Continental Divide, he realizes he needs to remake himself into the kind of man his children need him to be. With wit and insight, David Hicks turns a compassionate but unblinking eye on what it means to be human—to be lost while putting yourself back together again, to be cowardly while being brave, to fail and fail again on the way to something that might be success.
This year's program will begin with the Mayor's Kick Off on August 2nd at 7pm at Koelbel Library. Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowski will interview the author and give his insight into this year's book. See the full listing of Village Read events. All events are free and open to the public.
August 2 7pm Koelbel Library: Village Read Kick Off with Mayor Ron Rakowsky- Mayor Ron will talk with the artist and provide his insight to this year's Village Read Book.
August 9 6:30pm Greenwood Village City Hall: Surviving the Storm- Brad and Melissa McQueen got caught in a spring storm while trying to climb Mount Evans. Hear how they survived their night out in the wilderness.
August 13 7pm Koelbel Library: David Ricca 911 Survivor- Hear what is what like to survive the worst terrorist attack on American soil.
August 14 1pm Smoky Hill Library: David Ricca 911 Survivor- Hear what is what like to survive the worst terrorist attack on American soil.
August 16 7pm Southglenn Library: "Your Storied Past: How to Write an Autobiographical Narrative"- Author David Hicks will lead exercises on how to structure a story from beginning to end and have a better understanding of how stories and charachter development work.
August 20 6:30pm Greenwood Village City Hall: Reinventing Yourself- Through unique tools and strategies, Juliette Watt who has been everything from a Playboy Bunny to a professional pilot, guides people to discover their next act through their own personal reinvention.
August 23 7pm Koelbel Library: Let's Talk About West Plains- Join our panel of readers to discuss White Plains. A panel of readers and librarians will lead the discussion.
August 25 2pm Koelbel Library: "Your Storied Past: How to Write an Autobiographical Narrative"- Author David Hicks will lead exercises on how to structure a story from beginning to end and have a better understanding of how stories and charachter development work.
August 25 6pm Curtis Center for the Arts: Closing Party and Book Signing- Join us as we close out this year's Village Read program with a celebration and book signing. Wine and food will be served and the author, David Hicks will be on hand to sign your book.