FORSYTH COUNTY — Last month’s Forsyth Reads Together event attracted more than 400 people, and the library system has already booked next year’s keynote author in the hopes of continuously raising the bar.
“The Help,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, was chosen as the 2015 Forsyth Reads Together book, and author Kathryn Stockett will attend the event.
Stockett, whose story is also an Oscar-winning movie, will speak at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center “as the expected attendance will far exceed our meeting room capacities,” said Stephen Kight, assistant director for public services for Forsyth County Public Library System.
In addition to the main event, there will be a number of related programs that will be announced later.
The 2014 event focused on “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” with author Lisa See. Rick Bragg, author of “All Over But the Shoutin’,” attracted nearly 400 people in 2013.
Forsyth Reads Together’s first author was invited in 2012 when Terry Kay, author of “To Dance with the White Dog,” spoke.
“The Help” follows the story of an aspiring journalist during the 1960s civil rights movement in Mississippi and her journey to write a book from the point of view of African American maids who worked for white families on the hardships they endured.