2021 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
2020 - The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
2019 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
2017 - The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene
2016 - What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross
2015 - The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
2014 - Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
2013 - Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall
2012 - Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
2011 - My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
2010 - Outcasts United: A Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town by Warren St. John
2009 - Them by Nathan McCall
2008 - The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
2007 - The Valley of Light by Terry Kay
2006 - Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
For the last three years Roswell Reads has hosted free Roswell Reads Rewind events featuring full video of authors speaking to the audiences. These have been held at the Roswell Public Library and featured on line.
This showcase event was a never-before-seen writing workshop with Ann Patchett. The fabulous conversation begun in January continued with the Pulitzer Prize finalist discussing a broad range of book-related topics.
A Conversation with Ann Patchett from January 2021.
Rick Bragg's Luncheon presentation from March 2019.
Rick Bragg's Writing Workshop from March 2019.
An Evening with Delia Owens from September 2019.
On January 30, 2021 we had an Online Conversation with Ann Patchett. 1603 people registered for this online event.
Ann Patchett is the author of eight novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, Commonwealth, and The Dutch House.
Ann discussed her book, her bookstore, her dogs, her family and her friend, Tom Hanks. Tom narrated the audio version of The Dutch House.
Our 2021 Family Program book selection was The Blue House, written and illustrated by award winning author Phoebe Wahl. This book beautifully explores the concept of home from a child’s point of view – a theme that runs throughout The Dutch House.
A Virtual Book Discussion took place on January 12, 2021 and was a great success. There was 75 minutes of lively conversation about the Dutch House with many interested bibliophiles.
A Writing Workshop with Ann Patchett was held in March 2021.
On September 22, 2019, author Delia Owens spoke to an audience of over 600 people at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, discussing her best-selling novel Where the Crawdads Sing.
Deila spent time signing books for the guests after her presentation.
Delia posed with her new friends at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Special treats were baked for our guest and presented to her upon her arrival.
Roswell Reads promotes reading, literacy and lifelong learning.
Delia takes one last photo before she has to depart.
The Best Cook in the World was Rick's latest book, a cookbook dedicated to his Southern mama.
The Roswell Reads committee was extremely excited that Rick Bragg agreed to be our featured speaker in 2019.
Rick agreed to speak at the luncheon and to lead a Writer's Workshop for many aspiring writers. It was quite a treat.
Rick's health prevented him from traveling to Roswell on the date of the luncheon, so we traveled to Alabama and videotaped his interview. The guests loved seeing him on the big screen!
"How to Write the Story of Your People Without Getting Killed" was the theme of the Writer's workshop,.
Rick is such a talented individual and a genuinely sweet and funny human being. Roswell Reads was so grateful and honored to have him as our featured guest.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, the steering committee selected a book that would educate the public of the history of this event.
Rebecca Burns was our honored guest author in 2018.
Aspiring writers were delighted to have the opportunity to learn from our featured author.
A delightful luncheon was held at the Roswell Senior Center.
Child of the Civil Rights Movements was the book selected for children to read.
Rebecca Burns stands with her new Roswell Reads friends.