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Empire State Center for the Book Selects Book for 2017 Route One Reads Initiative

Submitted by Rocco Staino, Empire State Center for the Book Director

For the third 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 2017, the theme of the initiative will be memoirs and biographies, and the selected book to represent New York State is Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

Both Ron Chernow and Alexander Hamilton are part of the 2017 Class of inductees into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.  The induction will take place on Monday, June 5 at the Princeton Club of New York.

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”  Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.

“It is only fitting to pick this  book this year,” said Rocco Staino, Director of the Empire State Center for the Book.  “With both the author, Chernow, and subject, Hamilton, being inducted into our state’s Writers Hall of Fame.”

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 2017 Route One Reads initiative is available along with a map of participating states at

Route One 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.