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Orem Reads, the Orem Library's annual community reading event, and the Utah Humanities Book Festival invite you to join us in reading Paul Harding's book, Tinkers. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for 2010, Harding's debut novel is a slim volume layered with cross-generational stories and meaning found in surprising anecdotes.

Reviewers and acclaimed writers have praised Paul Harding's book, Tinkers. Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gilead and Home said of Harding's novel, "Tinkers is truly remarkable.... It confers on the reader the best privilege fiction can afford, the illusion of ghostly proximity to other human souls."

The Publisher, Bellevue Literary Press, summarizes the themes of Harding's novel, "Tinkers is about the legacy of consciousness and the porousness of identity from one generation to the next. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, it is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature."

We hope you join us in reading Tinkers and exploring the themes of this book at special events during Orem Reads during October and November. The Orem community will have the opportunity to hear the author, Paul Harding, speak about Tinkers on October 15 at 7:00pm in the Storytelling Wing.

Other writers and scholars will also discuss the novel and explore how life and literature reflect one another. Click here to see a full list of these events. Highlights of these programs include a kick-off event on October 1 featuring Utah Poet Laureate and BYU Professor, Lance Larsen, who will discuss the role and power of literature with examples from his own work. Orem Reads concludes with a finale with prize-winning essayist Brian Doyle on November 14.

Free copies of the novel Tinkers will be available at each program while supplies last starting at the kickoff on October 1.

Special Thanks

The library thanks the Utah Humanities Book Festival, General Electric, Utah State Library, Utah Division of Arts and Museums and community partners UVU and BYU in helping to make Orem Reads possible. This series has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council promotes understanding of diverse traditions, values, and ideas through informed public discussion.

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