The Mark Twain Library showcases now feature a wonderful array of books by the many well -known authors that have called Redding home from colonial times to the present. The exhibit is titled “250 years of Reading in Redding” and highlights works from the library’s archival collection as well as contemporary authors.
The showcases were curated by volunteer coordinator June Myles with research provided by Library Director Beth Dominianni. Ms. Myles was looking for a special way to honor the town’s rich history as a home to so many authors She notes, “An astonishing number of talented authors have lived in Redding. It seems fitting to recognize them during the town’s 250th anniversary.”
While Twain may be the most famous author to have enjoyed the town’s beauty, he wasn’t the first. The exhibit begins with treasured copies of works by noted colonial poet, Joel Barlow. Barlow was born in Redding. In the same case, viewers can see works by Twain’s biographer Albert Bigelow Paine who was instrumental in encouraging Twain to move to Redding.
It is not just these historic authors who are featured. The many books by social theorist Stuart Chase who is known for first employing the term “New Deal” take up a case of their own.. Chase lived in Redding for many years and was active in civic affairs.
And there is much more. Myles notes, “The delightful children’s book written and illustrated by Redding residents are treasures. Redding was home to such award winning children’s book authors as Tasha Tudor, Jo Polseno, and Jay Williams. The creator of the Prince Valiant syndicated character, Harold Foster also resided in town.”
Among the other books artfully arranged are works by contemporary children’s author Holly Keller and young adult author Brian Meehl as well as works by Michael Ian Black.
The public is invited to view the exhibit during library hours through November 15th. For further information visit the library’s website or phone 203 938-2545.