THE FOUNDATION MAKES A NOVEL IDEA POSSIBLE
A Novel Idea wraps up its 17th season with a packed schedule of lectures, classes, and more---and it's all available online. You can view Anne Griffin's discussion and many of the programs leading up to the final event on the Library's YouTube channel.
SPONSORS MAKE A NOVEL IDEA FREE TO ALL
This program is supported by funds from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Deschutes Public Library is pleased to announce When All Is Said as the 2020 “A Novel Idea…Read Together” selection. The book, written by first-time novelist Anne Griffin, was revealed at a public unveiling on December 6 at the Downtown Bend Library.
“A Novel Idea” is the largest community read program in the state of Oregon. Last year more than 6,000 residents read, discussed and attended free cultural and author events at the Library’s six branches and at partnering businesses. With this year’s selection of When All Is Said, the Library anticipates the highly successful program’s continued growth.
Programming for “A Novel Idea” begins on April 4, 2020. What follows are four weeks of programs that explore and expound upon the themes and ideas found in Griffin's novel. The programming culminates with a free online presentation by author Anne Griffin on Sunday, May 3, at 4:00 p.m. All programs, including the author’s presentation, are free of charge thanks to the support of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation.
ABOUT THE BOOK
At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual—though tonight is anything but usual. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories—of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice—the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare. Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne Griffin was born in Dublin now lives in the heart of Ireland’s midlands. An acclaimed short story writer, she is the recipient of the John McGahern award for emerging writers. She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award, The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition, and The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, and others. When All Is Said is her first novel. It was a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut, has been a bestselling novel in Ireland.