WALLINGFORD — The library’s annual town-wide reading program, One Book One Wallingford, kicked off this week with the book selection reveal.
“Girl Waits With Gun,” by Amy Stewart, is a best-selling novel based on the true story of Constance Kopp, one of America's first female deputy sheriffs in the early 20th century.
The 2015 book is the first of a series of novels about the Kopp sisters—Constance, Norma and Fleurette—and is being developed into an Amazon series.
One Book One Wallingford is in its second year, with a slew of related events culminating in a visit from the author in May.
People had the opportunity to guess the book selection in the month leading up to the reveal Wednesday evening.
Julie Rio, the librarian in charge of adult programs, said a few out of a few dozen guesses were correct. One correct guesser won a copy of the book.
There are nine members of the One Book One Wallingford planning committee. Rio, Jane Fisher, library director and Cindy Haiken, the readers advisory librarian, selected the book.
“When we’re considering books, we keep in mind certain points,” Rio said. “We look at the book’s literary quality, we look for the book to be reflective of universal issues, to appeal to diverse populations.”
The book will be available in paperback, audiobook and large print.
Rio said the library ordered 60 copies of the book, and can request others through its consortium of 30 libraries statewide.
Total costs for One Book One Wallingford come to about $5,500.
Tie-in events and discussions are scheduled throughout the spring, including programs about homing pigeons and graphoanalysis.
“You don’t have to have read the book to enjoy the programs,” Rio said.
Jim Tierney, who designed the book’s cover, is slated to present a program in May on the art of designing book covers.
Carole Shmurak, who leads the library’s monthly mystery book group, is slated to give talk in March on the development of the fictional female detective.
Shmurak, a professor at Central Connecticut State University, said Thursday she’ll also discuss real-life examples of female detectives, like Kate Warne, who joined the Pinkertons in 1856 and foiled a plot assassinate President Abraham Lincoln in his first term, and Mary Grace Humiston, who founded her own law firm in 1905 and was known in the press as “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes.”
She hopes people will take away from her program an appreciation of how long female detectives have been around, both in real life and in fiction, “and an appreciation in the fictional vein of how much they’ve changed, how much wider the role of women detectives have become in fiction.”
More information on the book and programs can be found at www.wallingford.lioninc.org/one-book-one-wallingford.
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