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Spring’s best in books

Kelli KostroskiSpecial to the DailyVail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – What to read is the focus of Friday’s Wine & Words event at The Bookworm of Edwards. This twice-yearly event features four dynamic presenters and 20 must-read books of the season. Publisher representatives Kate McCune of Harper Collins Publishing, Jeff Cope of Macmillan and Liz Sullivan of Random House present their favorites alongside Bookworm floor manager Karin Barker.As in the past, the titles selected are something to talk about. “My first choice is an event all its own,” said McCune of the much anticipated novel “Canada,” by Richard Ford. His first novel since the 2006 conclusion of his Sportswriter trilogy, this book has a lot to live up to. “Happily, it’s a stunner. It’s the No. 1 Indie Next Pick for June, which is no surprise given the amount of praise I’ve heard from booksellers. This a remarkable read. Poignant, ruminative, animate. I could feel everything it is to be human in the protagonist, Dell Parsons, recalling and coming to terms with his life. I loved every flawed and struggling character in the book – Dell’s parents, his sister, perhaps especially the sinister and ultimately depraved Arthur Remlinger.”History can also be a compelling baseline for a story, and Barker plans to showcase a narrative biography called “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West,” by Dorothy Wickenden.”It’s a story from 1914, when two young friends dared to defy convention and their high-society life in the East and come West to teach in a rural Colorado school,” Barker said. “The book is superbly researched through letters and interviews, and the story is told with grace and insight. I found myself completely engaged.”The book is also filled with American history and many mentions of Eagle County and the surrounding mountain valleys.”It’s a must-read if you live in or visit Colorado,” she said.Many titles featured Friday will appeal to book club and individual readers alike. Books like “The Chaperone,” by Laura Moriarty, which centers on a silent-film star and is receiving national publicity and praise. Elizabeth McGovern of “Downton Abbey” narrates the audiobook and will star in the film version. Debut novel “Little Century,” by Anna Keesey, was named one of summer’s most exhilarating reads by Vogue Magazine. In “Home”, America’s most celebrated novelist and Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on American history with this 20th-century tale of redemption: A taut and tortured story about one man’s desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.A complete list of featured titles will be available on the night of the event.Kelli Kostroski is the marketing and events manager at The Bookworm of Edwards.