One Book Bradford Season Postponed

By Sandy Rhodes

A perfect storm of events -- including an arid financial stream and rising costs -- have forced the One Book Bradford committee to postpone its eighth season.

OBB is a community-wide reading initiative in which a book is selected by the committee and recommended to the community to read.

The season consists of ancillary events which have culminated with a visit by the author. However, this year, the committee found itself with limited finances and a publishing industry which controls author visits and charge more.

"We decided to postpone this season when we realized that we would not be able to bring the quality of programming the community enjoyed in the past and had rightfully come to expect," a committee spokesperson said. "We tried to choose a book but the obstacles

Generally, the selection is announced the beginning of November and the author visit is held in May.

The regrouping process will include Lacey Love, the executive director for the Bradford Area Public Library, overseeing a survey of book clubs and library patrons to determine what people want and expect from OBB. She will also be looking the other financial opportunities for the committee to explore,

The OBB committee is expected to meet again in March.

"Mark my words, we will be back," the committee spokesperson said. "And we will be prepared to start a new chapter for OBB."

Some previous selections include "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein and "The Aviator's Wife" by Melanie Benjamin.

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