We are excited to announce that the 2019 NCC Reads title is Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan. Mark your calendars now for an evening with the author on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:00 pm at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.
The 2008 novel was the winner of the Bellwether Prize for fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award. With its exceptional writing, this compelling read focuses on two Mississippi Delta families, one black and one white, whose lives intersect in the post-World War II Jim Crow era.
Author Barbara Kingsolver said about Mudbound, “This is storytelling at the height of its powers… Hillary Jordan writes with the force of a Delta storm.” And Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, said Mudbound is a “…tremendous gift, a story that challenges the 1950s textbook version of our history and leaves its readers completely in the thrall of her characters”.
A film version of Mudbound was released on Netflix in 2017, with a simultaneous limited release in theaters; the film, starring Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, received 4 Academy Award nominations.
Hillary Jordan graduated from Wellesley College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She is the author of another novel, When She Woke, and is currently working on a sequel to Mudbound.
The 2018 NCC Reads program is the 14th 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.