The 2021 READ event has been cancelled
Brenham Lifetime Learning is saddened to announce that Lisa Wingate, author for the 2021 Washington County READ, has cancelled her presentation with us due to Covid concerns. We understand that Wingate’s The Book of Lost Friends was extremely popular and that many were looking forward to meeting her.
Lifetime Learning is always excited to offer our reception, author presentation, and dramatic reading free to the community. We regret that Wingate’s cancellation has forced us to call off this year’s event scheduled for October 26th at Unity Theatre.
The Book of Lost Friends is a captivating historical novel and we encourage all to read it. Then visit the Friends' database and read letters from the formerly enslaved from the Brenham area. (Link opens in a new tab)
Lisa Wingate is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours, which remained on the NYT Bestseller List Hardcover and softcover lists for 110 weeks and has sold more than three million copies. She has penned over thirty novels and coauthored a nonfiction book, Before and After with Judy Christie. Her April 2020 novel, The Book Of Lost Friends, became an instant New York Times Bestseller. The story follows an unlikely trio of girls coming of age as they embark on a perilous journey through reconstruction Louisiana and Texas… and a modern-day teacher in small-town Louisiana who rediscovers their story. The Book Of Lost Friends was inspired by the real-life “Lost Friends” ads, through which families separated during slavery sought to find their lost loved ones in the chaos following the Civil War. A reader and museum volunteer from the Historic New Orleans Collection connected Lisa with HNOC’s vast database of over 2500 Lost Friends ads, which chronicle the heart wrenching and hope-filled searches of separated families, and which inspired the story of eighteen-year-old Hannie Gossett in the novel.
Lisa lives with her husband in North Texas. More information about her novels can be found at www.lisawingate.com.
Previous Community Reads:
2020: Getting Life by Michael Morton
2019: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
2018: The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell
2017: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
2016: City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
2015: My Boys and Girls Are in There by Ron Rozelle
2014: One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni
2013: The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber
2012: The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton
2011: One Ranger: A Memoir by H. Joaquin Jackson and David Marion Wilkinson
2010: Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent
2009: Final Salute by Jim Sheeler