Our 2013 Book Selection:
Take One Candle Light A Room, by Susan Straight
The On The Same Page committee of the Friends of the Claremont Library is pleased to
announce this year’s selection for our community read: Take One Candle Light A Room, by award-winning author Susan Straight.
Each year numerous works of fiction and nonfiction are reviewed for
their suitability for this program. The main goal of the selection committee is to choose a
book that will generate broad community discussion around issues of topical
concern to residents of Claremont.
Take One Candle Light A Room
is a work of fiction, and was awarded the prestigious Lannan Prize. Straight has published seven novels, all set in the fictional town of Rio Seco, California, which loosely parallels her home town of Riverside. Reflecting on her choice of setting, Straight quotes writer Joan Didion: "You have to pick the places you don't walk away from." In addition to teaching creative writing full-time at U.C. Riverside, Straight contributes to KCET.org.
Copies of Take One Candle Light A Room will be available at the library to check out, or for purchase at the Friends' Spring Book Sale, April 18, 19, and 20. Throughout the year public events are planned to engage the community in discussion about
the book. Educators are encouraged to incorporate the book into curriculum activities.
Watch this page for more information.