Amor Towles Event Wows Audience
Close to 500 people flocked to the Milton High School auditorium Wednesday night to hear Amor Towles, author of the bestselling novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. The event was a capstone to Milton Reads, a cultural initiative, now in its seventh year, that encourages the community to read a book together. There was a line out the door by 4:30pm as readers queued up to have their books autographed.
A Gentleman in Moscow tells the tale of a man, a count, exiled within the confines of the Metropol Hotel by the authorities after the Bolshevik revolution. His freedoms and finances severely curtailed, the count adapts to his new life under limited circumstances with grace and creativity.
Mr. Towles explained that the idea came to him from attending a professional conference. He was staying in a hotel and, looking around, saw the same people from the year before and wondered what life would be like for someone restricted to living there for an extended period of time. One thought led to another, and eventually the book was born. It has been on the NY Times bestseller list for over a year.
“We were thrilled to have Mr Towles come and speak to the book that has thrilled us this year,” said Will Adamczyk, the director of the Milton Public Library.
“It was a wonderful event. The Milton Reads committee thanks the Library Foundation, the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and Mr. Towles for making this happen.”
Towles began his talk with a history of the Metropol Hotel, a grand Moscow hotel built in the early 1900s and the events that flowed around it and through it over the years. It was a fascinating talk laced with humor and little-known facts. After his talk, Towles took questions from the audience which revealed, among other things, that he followed a strict regimen of writing a chapter a week and that Moby Dick, War and Peace, and 100 Years of Solitude, are three of his favorite books.
One attendee remarked, “I have been to numerous author events, and I think this was the best.”
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Milton Reads 2018
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, the best seller by Amor Towles, has been selected for Milton Reads 2018. The book has been on The New York Times Best Seller list for 55 weeks.
Called “transfixing” by The Washington Post and “Irresistable” by the Oprah magazine, the book was selected by public vote.
Set in 1922, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW tells the story of a Russian aristocrat forced by a Bolshevik tribunal to live under house arrest for more than thirty years. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat, he must now live in an attic room of the grand Metropol hotel, while some of the most tumultuous times in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. His reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of personal discovery.
“Hundreds voted, and this terrific book is the clear winner,” says Milton Library Director William Adamczyk. “We are excited about it and all the related programming around it.”
Milton Reads 2018: One Book; One Town is the popular town-wide reading initiative now in its 8th year. Milton Reads brings the community together in a shared cultural activity: reading the same book!
Events and activities for adults, children, and families are part of Milton Reads and will take place during the Spring. Among these will be cultural events, book discussions, and the ever-popular trivia night!
Milton Reads is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.
About Milton Reads
Milton Reads is an annual program offered by the Library and sponsored by the Friends of the Library to promote a community conversation around a shared reading experience.
Milton Reads includes books discussions, lectures, movies and other programs. Beginning in 2015, Milton Reads has been held during the month of March.
Beginning in 2016, the Milton Reads book has been chosen by the community. The Milton Reads committee chooses a short list of titles, using suggestions from the public, and puts the finalists up to a vote.
- 2017 – Agent Zigzag
- 2016 – Dead Wake
- 2015 – The Boys in the Boat
- 2014 – Sherlock Holmes
- 2013 – The Gardner Heist
- 2012 – To Kill A Mockingbird