'One County, One Book' selects local author's Civil War-era book
When one modern-day nurse decided to tell the story of a nurse from the 19th century, she ended up presenting a gripping tale that has been grabbing readers' attentions.
Schenectady County's \One County, One Book program features the historical fiction book "My Name is Mary Sutter," which coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and introduces readers to a midwife dreaming of becoming a doctor during the war and the struggles she must go through to reach her goal.
Robin Oliveira, the author and a Loudonville native, is visiting the county Friday, April 8, to talk to Scotia-Glenville and Schenectady high schools students who've been reading the book. The following day, Saturday, April 9, she is presenting a program at Schenectady County Community College at 2 p.m. to discuss her research process with writing the book. The event is free and open to the public, but seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
"We are just thrilled. The book has really just resonated and connected with many people so I think it has been a good choice for us," said Karen Bradley, coordinator for the county book program. "She said she would be thrilled to come and be part of the community read. It has really provided us with some wonderful programming opportunities."
Normally the community votes on the book selection, but Bradley said interior renovations to the county library and fiscal concerns almost resulted in the annual program being skipped for a year. After library patrons heard Oliveira talking about her book on WAMC, they called the library, which led to the book's selection. The book also fit nicely with the upcoming Civil War anniversary and other themed events, such as the Civil War Living History Day at Mabee Farm, in Rotterdam Junction, on Saturday, April 16.