Groton READS 2017

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

and a companion selection for teens:

The Big Burn by Jeanette Ingold

Groton READS is a community-wide reading event coordinated by the Groton Public Library and sponsored by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. Groton READS is now in its thirteenth year. Click here to see a list of past Groton READS titles. Events are free and open to all.

About The Big Burn(s):

Timothy Egan's 2009 nonfiction bestseller is the story of the nation’s biggest wildfire – an apocalyptic blaze that burned an area the size of Connecticut in a weekend. No living person had ever seen a fire with the ferocity, speed, and destructive power of the Big Burn of 1910. Equally dramatic is the larger story of Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, and the creation myth of the U.S. Forest Service. A New York Times Bestseller. Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and the Washington State Book Award. A Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Amazon.com book of the year.

Jeanette Ingold's historical novel for young adults, published in 2002, captures the momentum of the same wildfire that scorched millions of acres across Idaho and Montana in 1910. Against the atmospheric backdrop of beauty and devastation, it tells the story of three teens who bravely battle the fire. A Montana Book Award Honor Book and Western Writers of America Spur winner.

Groton READS 2017 events start February 19 and run through the end of March.

View or download the 2017 Groton READS Brochure with programs for all ages. Events include:

  • a visit from Smokey the Bear and a fire truck (2/21)
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Concert with Philip Alexander (2/22)
  • Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue (2/24)
  • "An Afternoon with Teddy Roosevelt" (2/26)
  • Showing of documentary film, "The Big Burn" (3/13 at COA and 3/23 at GPL)
  • The History of Fire with Tim Swanson (3/19)
  • guided hikes in the forests of Groton (2/19 and 3/19)
  • Ansel Adams: Environmentalist & Photographer (3/30)
  • book discussions (3/23 and 3/28)

A brochure of all scheduled events will be available for download soon – please check back.

Check out our online calendar for more information on individual events and to sign up for programs!





Timothy Egan

About the authors:

Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of eight books, most recently The Immortal Irishman, a New York Times Bestseller. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won a National Book Award for nonfiction and was named a New York Times Editors' Choice, a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington State Book Award winner, and a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book. He writes a weekly opinion column for the New York Times. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Jeanette Ingold

Jeanette Ingold

Jeanette Ingold is the author of novels and short stories ask young adult readers to explore lives beyond their own. Her other novels include Hitch, which tells of teens in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, and the contemporary novels Mountain Solo and The Window. Jeanette was born in New York to a family of Texans; she lives in Montana with her family.

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