People will be talking about love, communication and comedy this spring as the Big Read community reading project gets underway. This year's Big Read book is The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, a bestselling romantic comedy in which the main character pursues love through careful calculation, only to realize it doesn't necessarily go as smoothly as planned.
This is the 10th year for the Big Read, which encourages area residents in Montgomery and surrounding counties to gather and talk about the same book. The Big Read runs from March 1 through April 18, with discussions and other events taking place throughout the area.
"We believe that good books lead to good conversation, and that communication builds a stronger community," said Ben Murphy, co-chair of the Big Read committee and Adult Materials Selection Specialist at the Dayton Metro Library.
"This year's book is a lighthearted look at love, but with a protagonist who falls on the autism spectrum, there are significant themes that give us a lot to talk about," said Murphy. "Plus it's just a very funny book."
Discussion groups will meet at libraries, bookstores, cafes and other locations across the Miami Valley. The Dayton Metro Library is working with organizations including the Autism Coaching Team from the Miami Valley Regional Center, the Dayton Asperger's Resource Network, and Marriage Works! Ohio to offer additional programs, from Literary Speed Dating to music therapy, exploring the novel's themes.