Holy Family University will be participating in One Book, One Philadelphia for the third year in a row. The reading event is designed by the Free Library of Philadelphia to “promote reading, literacy, and libraries, and to encourage the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book.”
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon has been selected as this year’s featured book.
According to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s website, “The story of an eccentric and gifted young man who gains a deeper understanding of himself while solving a neighborhood mystery, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the 2017 featured One Book, One Philadelphia selection. The 2017 featured book came to life on stage at the Academy of Music as part of the 2016–17 Broadway Philadelphia season. The Tony Award-winning National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ran from February 28 through March 5, 2017.”
“We're very excited to be part of the Free Library's One Book, One Philadelphia initiative again,” said Kathy Kindness, Assistant Director of Library Services. “Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is about Christopher, a boy with amazing mathematical abilities, learning differences, severe social anxiety, and a troubled family life. He discovers his neighbor's dead dog and, in the course of investigating this bizarre and disturbing event, embarks on a remarkable journey of self-discovery. While Christopher is never diagnosed with Autism or Asperger Syndrome in the book, his story is a small window into life through the eyes of someone on the autism spectrum. The novel is also a great mystery for those who like sleuthing.”