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‘Saint Monkey’ selected for 2015 SOKY Reads! project

This fall, The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners will host SOKY Reads!, a community-wide reading project, in Bowling Green and the surrounding region. Saint Monkey, Jacinda Townsend’s debut novel, is this year’s choice. The novel, which won the James Fenimore Cooper prize for historical fiction, is set in eastern Kentucky and New York City, and chronicles the lives of two best friends from adolescence to adulthood.

Saint Monkey, the debut novel by Jacinda Townsend, is this year's selection for SOKY Reads!

Saint Monkey, the debut novel by Jacinda Townsend, is this year’s selection for SOKY Reads!

Anaya Mathis, of The New York Times Book Review, says this “…compelling debut…sees its adolescent central characters through the broader lens of their friendship and the limitations of gender, race and age that inform the choices the girls make…Townsend’s writing [is] full of fresh turns of phrase and keen insights.”

To kick off SOKY Reads! this year, book giveaways will be held at the Main Branch of the Warren County Public Library on Sept. 5 beginning at 1 p.m.; at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College on Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m.; and at the Community Farmer’s Market on Sept. 26 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Townsend will offer two programs on Oct. 22 that are free and open to the public. She will present a session on a writing topic at WKU’s campus in Cherry Hall, room 125, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and she will talk about Saint Monkey at the Bob Kirby Branch of Warren County Public Library at 6 p.m. Copies of Saint Monkey will be available for purchase at the presentation.

SOKY Book Fest is a partnership of Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library and WKU Libraries. Program guides for SOKY Reads! are available at all partner locations and online at www.sokybookfest.org. This program is made possible through the generosity of Friends of WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Library and WKU English Department.

For information or to download a program guide, visit www.sokybookfest.org.

Contact: Sara Volpi, WKU Libraries Literary Outreach Coordinator, (270) 745-4502

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