North Carolina Center for the Book Announces Selection for 2020 Route 1 Reads

North Carolina Center for the Book Announces Selection for 2020 Route 1 Reads

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Charlotte, NC (June 10, 2020) The North Carolina Humanities Council, home to the North Carolina Center for the Book, announced today that it will feature In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow as part of the annual Route 1 Reads initiative. Set in an African American community in rural North Carolina from 1941 to 1987, In West Mills is a small-town story about family, friendship, storytelling, and the redemptive power of love. 

Now in its sixth consecutive year, Route 1 Reads is a virtual, summer road trip-inspired reading list that explores various genres and is compiled by the network of 16 affiliate Centers for the Book located along Route 1. This year, the selected theme for the reading list is historical fiction; in years prior cook books, romance novels, and other genres have been featured. The diverse Route 1 Reads reading list highlights each individual affiliate Center for the Book while also celebrating the region as a whole.

Whether readers are at home or on the road this summer, In West Mills and other books on this must-read list were selected to keep readers turning pages until Labor Day. 

As a native resident of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Winslow’s debut novel, In West Mills, captures daily life in a tight-knit, rural North Carolina community. As the synopsis reads, “Let the people of West Mills say what they will about Azalea ‘Knot’ Centre; they won't keep her from what she loves best: cheap moonshine, 19th-century literature, and the company of men. Knot begins to learn that her freedom has a high price. Alone, ostracized, and cut off from her hometown, Knot turns to her neighbor, Otis Lee Loving, in search of some semblance of family and home.”

“I’m so honored that the North Carolina Humanities Council has selected my novel for Route 1 Reads,” Winslow said. When asked about writing the novel, Winslow said that one of his goals was to “capture North Carolina’s communal, caring way of life.”

The full list of 2020 featured books and a map of participating Centers for the Book is available at Route1Reads.org.

 

 

About Route 1 Reads:

Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, the Route 1 Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate important aspects of the region for readers traveling the major and meandering highway. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival. Route 1 Reads is a partnership between the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and its affiliates in: Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Virginia; and, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.Route1Reads.org or follow #Route1Reads.

About the North Carolina Humanities Council:

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more, visit www.nchumanities.org.

About the North Carolina Center for the Book:

The North Carolina Center for the Book is a program of the North Carolina Humanities Council and is an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Through a variety of program formats and initiatives, the NC Center works to foster an interest in books, reading, libraries, and North Carolina’s literary heritage. The North Carolina Humanities Council began operating the NC Center in 2018. The State Library of North Carolina is a lead sponsor of the NC Center’s activities. To learn more, visit www.nchumanities.org.

About the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress:

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books and reading, is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through its Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit www.Read.gov.