Empire State Center for the Book Selects Book for 2016 Route One Reads Initiative
Submitted by Rocco Staino, Empire State Center for the Book, Director
For the second consecutive year, Empire State Center for the Book will participate in the Route One Reads initiative, a program under the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2016, the theme of the initiative will be mysteries, and the selected book to represent New York State is The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout.
Stout’s classic character, Nero Wolfe, is hired to force the FBI to stop wiretapping, tailing and otherwise harassing a woman who gave away 10,000 copies of a book that is critical of the Bureau and its then director, J. Edgar Hoover.
“All of the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout (1886-1975) are excellent mysteries set in New York City,” says Ira B. Matetsky president of the Wolfe Pack, a Stout fan club. “The Doorbell Rang (1965) is especially memorable for its strong plot, its fine characterizations, and its outspokenness for its time as Stout and Wolfe took on the excesses of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover.”
“The Empire State Center for the Book is delighted to shine the spotlight on Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe series,” says Rocco Staino, Director of the Empire State Center for the Book. “Stout is a member of the New York State Writers Hall of Fame and detective Nero Wolfe and New York appears in over 30 books.
The diverse reading list created by Route One Reads highlights each individual State Center for the Book while celebrating the East Coast as a whole. By participating in Route One Reads, readers can travel across 15 states and the District of Columbia without taking a single footstep, or load selected books into the car for a literary road trip. The full list of featured books for the 2016 Route One Reads initiative is available along with a map of participating states at Route1Reads.org.
Route One Reads is a partnership between the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and its affiliate Centers for the Book in the following states: Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Virginia; and, Washington, DC.
Route One Reads: Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, the Route One Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states or commonwealths for readers travelling the major and meandering highway. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Follow #Route1Reads on Twitter for more information and updates.
Center for the Book in the Library of Congress: Established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. It sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers and collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. The Center for the Book is part of the Library’s National and International Outreach service unit.