On Saturday, January 10, the 2009 One Book, One County title was announced at the John Ball Zoo. Over 40 community members were in attendance to hear the announcement that this year’s selected title is The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch.
Jim Lynch’s impressive first novel tells the story of Miles O’Malley, a thirteen-year-old boy who knows more than the local marine biologist about the teeming life in the mud flats of Puget Sound. His discovery of a giant squid, a creature never before found on the shores of North America, prompts a rush of media attention. When he discovers other non-native sea life and anomalies in the sea and tidal pools, he becomes an object of local fascination. But Miles just wants to remain invisible.
Several book discussions will take place throughout Kent County, and resource guides are available at your local library or any Schuler location. Jim Lynch will visit Kent County on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the East Kentwood Fine Arts Auditorium to dicuss The Highest Tide and sign copies of the book.
One Book, One County is hosted by the Kent District Library, the Grand Rapids Public Library, the Sparta Tonwship Library, the Cedar Springs Library, Schuler Books & Music and several sponsors. You can pick up a copy of the book from any participating library or bookstore. For more information on how to get involved, visit the One Book, One County website.
Guests gather at the John Ball Zoo aquarium to hear the announcment of the 2009 One Book, One County title.
Martha Smart, Director of the Kent District Library, and Marcia Warner, Director of the Grand Rapids Public Library, reveal this year’s title: The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch.