Kansas Reads discussion makes its way to Hays
Published on -2/13/2013, 11:05 AM
Special to The Hays Daily News
TOPEKA -- The State Library of Kansas is encouraging residents to participate in this year's one book/one state reading and discussion project, Kansas Reads: "Then We Came to the End" by Joshua Ferris.
The 2013 title, "Then We Came to the End," reflects a special collaboration with the Kansas Humanities Council's statewide the Way We Worked in Kansas initiative.
While the traveling exhibit explores how we worked yesterday, the novel looks at how we work today.
The book is a comedy about the American workplace, told in the first-person plural. It takes place in a fictitious Chicago ad agency experiencing a downturn at the end of the '90s Internet boom.
The titular "End" is the closing of the business, which everyone in the novel expects -- but no one is really prepared for. The book captures the feeling of being the last man standing, the one who will be left to turn off the lights.
Kansas libraries began discussing the book Jan. 15 and will continue hosting events through March 20. A scholar-led discussion of the book will be hosted by Pioneer Memorial Library in Colby at 7 p.m. March 4 and at Hays Public Library at 2 p.m. March 11.
Visit www.kcfb.info/thenwecametotheend.html for more information on the statewide program.