Batavia, New York—Genesee Community College is pleased to announce a series of events in connection with this year’s “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project. The Tale at GCC will sponsor a talk related to the themes in this year’s selected novel, “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You.” Book discussions will follow and a visit from the author, Peter Troy will take place on Thursday, March 7.
“May the Road Rise Up to Meet You” is primarily set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, and is a story of survival, love, faith, and family that speaks to the diversity of America’s heritage. It is an epic told from the perspectives of a young Irish immigrant whose endurance is tested while serving in the Civil War, a Spanish society girl who defies her father to become a passionate abolitionist, and Mary and Micah, slaves who embark on a perilous journey to freedom. The review in Booklist describes it as “a wonderful family saga of poignant history, thrilling action, and romance…a hopeful, magnanimous depiction of America at its most vulnerable.” This is Troy’s debut novel, the first of a planned trilogy.
Following the book’s focus on the Irish immigration of 1840-1865, GCC will host a talk about “Immigration to America.” Pembroke High School Social Studies Teacher Greg Kinal, a noted speaker on American history, will discuss reasons for European immigration to the United States in the early 1900s. Kinal’s talk is set for Tuesday, February 26 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in room T102 at GCC’s Batavia campus.
In anticipation of Peter Troy’s visit, GCC will host several book discussions:
•Wednesday, Feb. 27 3:30 p.m. Room S103, Student Union
•Thursday, Feb. 28 7:00 p.m. Library Media Room
•Monday, March 4 11:15 a.m. Room T119, Technology Building
•Tuesday, March 5 11:00 a.m. Room T119, Technology Building
Troy will speak at the College on Thursday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. in Room T102. The talk will include a question and answer session and will be followed by a book signing. Troy is pleased to speak about his book and his writing, which he’s called his “dream deferred.”
A Tale for Three Counties is a “one book” reading program presented by GCC, 19 public libraries in Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties, Batavia’s The Daily News, and Genesee Valley Educational Partnerships School Library System. For more information, visit www.taleforthreecounties.org.
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An image of Peter Troy’s book is available at: