The Augusta Public Library has been selected as a site for a scholar-led discussion of the 2014 Kansas Reads one book/ one state reading project.
The 2014 book selection is “Bleeding Kansas” by former Kansan Sara Paretsky, famously known for the V.I. Warshawski mystery series.
The story takes place in modern times, but refers to the era of “Bleeding Kansas” when the pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces were fighting over bring ing Kansas into the Union as a slave state or a free state. The book centers around three families who have coexisted not-so-peacefully for more than 100 years in the Lawrence area: the Grelliers, the Fremantles and the Schapens.
Into their lives comes Gina Haring, a relative of the Fremantles, who is house-sitting the derelict family mansion while she puts her own life in order. Her lifestyle and beliefs will put her at odds with her neighbors and test the mettle of a community being swept up in events beyond its control.
Diane Quantic, a resident of Derby, is a retired professor of English and will lead the book discussion. The discussion will take place at noon Feb. 10, during the regular Brown Baggers meeting, held at the Augusta Public Library. The public is encouraged to attend. Books are available for check-out through the Augusta Public Library. Questions can be addressed to Carol Courtwright at 316-775-2681.