“The Tiger’s Wife” is a work of contemporary fiction rich with both history and legend, reality and myth. Natalia is a young physician in the former Yugoslavia, on her way to an orphanage to provide vaccinations to the children there, when she learns that her grandfather has died far from home. She becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for “the deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As she looks for answers, she uncovers an extraordinary World War II era story of a deaf-mute woman in her grandfather’s boyhood village who befriended a tiger escaped from a zoo. Read More
Our One Read partner Mediacom filmed a number of this year’s events exploring the themes in Téa Obreht’s “The Tiger’s Wife.” You can catch the rebroadcast of several programs for the next few weeks on Sundays starting at 6 p.m., Thursdays starting at 1 p.m. and Fridays starting at 8:30 p.m. Simply tune into channel 22 to see:
- Setting the Scene (history of the Balkans) with Professor Kurt Jefferson;
- Book Talk with Mayor and Mrs. McDavid;
- our One Read Panel Discussion moderated by radio host David Lile;
- The Tiger’s Wife Goes to College, where scholars from each of Columbia’s college campuses discuss the book from their academic perspectives; and
- our Videoconference with Téa Obrecht.
As part of this year’s One Read program and inspired by the themes of personal myth-making, superstition and family secrets in “The Tiger’s Wife, we challenged writers to craft a tale in which a secret is revealed or concealed. We received stories of deathbed confessions, affairs, love and loss–all told in no more than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered. Our two winners were Amy Ewing and Frank Montagnino.
We are pleased to share with you their stories. Read More
Our sincere thanks to all of you who read or listened to “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht and joined us for one of this year’s outstanding One Read events. We capped off the month with an extremely enjoyable “virtual visit” from the author who answered questions about her book via videoconference. She was funny, gracious and a real delight.
Our One Read program comes to a close this week, but there is still time to sign up and win. You can sign up online or at any of our facilities to let us know you are reading “The Tiger’s Wife,” or you can attend any of the remaining One Read events–including our videoconference with author Téa Obreht–and fill out a slip. In addition to autographed copies of the book, we will also give away three Sony e-readers! Winners will be contacted the first week of October. Good luck, and thanks for supporting your community-wide reading program!