ReadDavidson Kicks-Off its 2015 Season: Lee Smith’s Guests on Earth is This Year’s Pick

ReadDavidson announces Guests on Earth by award-winning Southern author Lee Smith as its 2015 selection. Guests on Earth is set at Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, N.C., during the years 1936-1948, the year of the terrible fire in which Zelda Fitzgerald perished along with eight other female patients in a locked ward on the top floor. 

ReadDavidson, an annual town-wide reading initiative that started in 2007, is a partnership between the Davidson Public Library, Main Street Books, the Town of Davidson, and several local avid readers. The ReadDavidson committee encourages people to read a selected book and attend fun and educational book-related events that make the book come to life.  This year’s events are scheduled for September and October. This program season culminates with a visit by the author on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m at the Davidson College Lilly Family Gallery, presented in partnership with the Department of English. All members of the community are invited to attend these free-of-charge events.

2015 Events:

Panel Discussion led by Community Mental Health Professionals on September 10 at Davidson Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. Featuring CHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Santopietro and Joanne Sobolewski;

Lecture by Tony Abbott on “Lee Smith, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Guests on Earth: A Biographical Approach to the Novel” on September 30 at 4:00 p.m. at The Pines at Davidson's Davidson Room; 

Book Discussion led by Executive Director of DavidsonLearns Amy Diamond on October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Davidson Public Library;


A Visit by Author Lee Smith, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery on Davidson College's campus, in partnership with the Department of English. After Lee Smith speaks, she will sign books.

“We are excited to bring fresh eyes and energy to building an event schedule that is rich in the kinds of community partnerships that makes owning a bookstore in the heart of an intellectual community so satisfying,” said committee member and Main Street Books co-owner Adah Fitzgerald. “And we are delighted at how receptive the Department of English at Davidson College, the Davidson branch of the public library, DavidsonLearns, Tony Abbott, The Pines, and CHS have been about helping bring Lee Smith's Guests on Earth to light and life.”

The ReadDavidson initiative would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors: Main Street Books, Davidson Public Library, PostNet, DavidsonLearns, the Davidson College Department of English and the Town of Davidson.

For more information on ReadDavidson, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/ReadDavidson, sign up for the ReadDavidson eCrier at www.townofdavidson.org/eCrier, and follow “ReadDavidson” on Facebook. 

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