This summer’s selection for Baton Rouge’s One Book/One Community program isn’t exactly escapist reading, but we hope that residents find it a meaningful point of discussion about an important issue.
We’re talking about Karen Spears Zacharias’ “A Silence of Mockingbirds: A Memoir of a Murder.” It’s the shocking and true story of 3-year-old Karly Sheehan, who was beaten to death by her mother’s live-in boyfriend in 2005.
Zacharias knew the little girl’s mother, and her account of the tragedy raises some difficult questions regarding what might have been done to prevent Karly’s murder. Zacharias’ book is available at local bookstores and local library branches.
Modeled on similar programs in other cities, Baton Rouge’s One Book/One Community encourages everyone in the community to read and discuss the same book. The idea is to encourage an interest in books and civic engagement.
More information about discussions and programs related to this summer’s One Book/One Community selection is available at http://www.ReadOneBook.org.
“This year’s book reminds us all that we have a responsibility to report and stop child abuse,” said Robin Kistler, co-chairwoman of One Book/One Community.
We hope that local residents take the time to read “A Silence of Mockingbirds” and join the discussion.