Library names 2016 Southington Reads author: Anita Diamant will discuss “The Boston Girl” in March

Anita Diamant has been chosen to be the 2016 Southington Reads author.

Anita Diamant has been chosen to be the 2016 Southington Reads author.

By TAYLOR HARTZ
STAFF WRITER

Best-selling author Anita Diamant has been announced as the 2016 “Southington Reads” author by the Southington Public Library.

The world-famous author of “The Red Tent” and “The Boston Girl” will be welcomed to town this March, where she will speak at The Aqua Turf.

Acclaimed by the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle, Diamant joins the ranks of several successful authors the Southington library has featured over the last decade.

In recent years, authors Andre Dubois, Charlotte Rogan, Carlos Eire, and Stephen Carter have spoken in town for the annual series.

“The bar keeps getting higher and higher,” said Sue Smayda, Director of the Southington Public Library. “Because we’ve gotten such great authors in the past, more great authors keep saying yes.”

SO Southington REads - BostonGirl_pb_Though “The Red Tent” is Diamant’s most well-known novel, made into a Lifetime television movie, the library chose to focus on her newest work, “The Boston Girl.”

“It’s set so nearby that we’re familiar with the setting,” said Smayda. “It’s extra fun to read about places that we’ve been to.”

Smayda met Diamant at last year’s Connecticut Library Association Conference, where Diamant accepted Smayda’s offer to be the 2016 Southington Reads author.

“We don’t have backwoods authors come for this event” said Smayda, “Every year we try hard to bring in another spectacular author.”

As much as a delight as it is for the readers, Smayda said the authors enjoy the event a great deal.

“The authors love coming here because we get 300 enthusiastic readers who have all read their books and just hang on their every word” said the director, who said the Aqua Turf provides the ideal venue for the annual event.

Diamant will speak to readers and residents at The Aqua Turf at 1 p.m. on March 30, and copies of Diamant’s books, including “The Boston Girl” are available at the library.

To comment on this story or to contact staff writer Taylor Hartz, email her at THartz@SouthingtonObserver.com.

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