New Castle County Reads

2017: The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie
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New Castle County Libraries are excited to feature The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie, an award-winning debut novel by Ayana Mathis, as our NCC Reads 2017 title. Ms. Mathis will speak on Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 pm, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, followed by a book signing. The program is free and open to everyone. Visit your local library for more details about this event and related NCC Reads programs and book discussions.

Book club registration is now open for NCC Reads. All local book clubs are invited to register with us. It's only necessary for one person from each group to register their club. New this year - online registration! This is a quick and easy way to sign up your club. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.

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You may also register in person or by phone at your local library..

/* Starred Review */ This was not the life smart and lovely Hattie expected to live after fleeing Jim Crow Georgia in 1923 and settling in Philadelphia. Two years later, married (at 16) to an irresponsible man, she is poor, cold, hungry, and desperate as her twin babies sicken with pneumonia. Writing with stunning authority, clarity, and courage, debut novelist Mathis pivots forward in time, spotlighting intensely dramatic episodes in the lives of Hattie ’s nine subsequent children (and one grandchild to make the “twelve tribes ”), galvanizing crises that expose the crushed dreams and anguished legacy of the Great Migration. While Hattie grows more stoic with each birth and each betrayal, her children struggle with her survival strategies, which they perceive as her coldness and anger. Hattie ’s daughters are epically depressed. Two sons end up in the South, shocked by its “backward country ways”: Floyd, a jazz musician painfully conflicted over his attraction to men, and badly scarred Six, who discovers a gift for preaching. Late in life, Hattie thinks, “Here we are sixty years out of Georgia, . . . and there’s still the same wounding and the same pain.” Mathis writes with blazing insight into the complexities of sexuality, marriage, family relationships, backbone, fraudulence, and racism in a molten novel of lives racked with suffering yet suffused with beauty. -- Seaman, Donna (Reviewed 10-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 4, p30)

We hope you will enjoy reading or re-reading this novel and hearing more about it from the author herself.

Meet The Author!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Chase Center On The Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington DE 19801

Please mark your calendars now, as we welcome author Ayana Mathis to New Castle County. This is a literary event you won't want to miss! Join us for this event at Chase Center On The Riverfront; it is free and open to the public.

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The 2017 NCC Reads program is the 13th annual event in our series, which started in 2005. Beginning in 2010, the New Castle County Reads series began to feature an author talk at St. Mark's High School, so that a large number of community members could enjoy not only reading the book, but hearing the author. Each year since then, this highlight event has attracted more than 500 people to a free event presenting talented writers and an opportunity to meet the author during book signings. As participation has expanded, the author talk moved to the facilities at the Chase Center On The Riverfront, beginning in 2015.

The NCC Reads committee has also reached out to area book groups in an effort to create a true community reading event. To date, at least 50 area book clubs, with 560 members, have registered to be part of the NCC Reads experience.

Libraries have hosted book discussion programs as well, so that all readers have an opportunity to share their thoughts on each year's featured title. Additional programs relating to each title have added to the breadth and depth of understanding and sharing about the themes and ideas found therein.

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