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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Our Jim

posted by on October 21 at 16:00 PM


Seattle Public Library has unveiled its 2009 choice for the Seattle Reads… program, the thing that used to be called “If All Seattle Read the Same Book.” This year’s choice is My Jim, by Mount Baker author Nancy Rawles.

I’m not sure how many of you out there play along at home with the Seattle Reads program, but some people love it. The author reads at just about every Seattle Library branch there is. This year’s readings will take place between May 20 and May 23, 2009.

My Jim is the story of the wife of Jim from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I haven’t read it, but I do wish that SPL had picked Huckleberry Finn before they picked My Jim. In my bookstore days, I would get a lot of customers coming up to me and asking if they had to read that boring old huge book before they read My Jim.

Anyway, every branch of SPL will have many copies of My Jim available for readers to take out. If you’ve read Twain, it’s probably worth your time.

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As another local note of interest, the companion CD to My Jim was recorded at Jack Straw as part of the 2004 Artist Support Program. We have a copy of the book here, too; perhaps I will dig into it this May!

Posted by Levislade | October 21, 2008 4:10 PM

Maybe they couldn't find a copy of that "big old boring book" in their library -- it is one of the most commonly banned books. Largely for the word that precedes "Jim" in Twain's book.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 21, 2008 4:45 PM

Well now that is just silly, flamingbanjo - of course the library has about three bazillion copies of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," which would make a great 'companion read' to this year's selection, as would John Clinch's terrific recent novel "Finn," which takes up the story of that most unsympathetic of characters, Huck's pa.

Posted by Robert | October 21, 2008 6:06 PM

Here's the link to the American Library Association's Top 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books. Huck Finn is #5.

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