The Winter 2020 Iola Reads selection is To Leave a Shadow by Jennifer Nielsen.  The winter read runs from February 1 to March 12.

To Leave a Shadow is a detective story set in Depression-era Wichita. Pete Stone hadn’t always been a private eye. He’d lost his dairy business when the depression hit. Then Mrs. Lucille Hamilton walked through his door and Pete was the only one who believed her husband’s death hadn’t been a suicide.  Author Michael Graves is a retired professor at Emporia State University.  This book was a Kansas Notable Book selection for 2016.

Read the book and attend one or both of the following programs:

February 1:  Murder Mystery Night/Soup supper. The kickoff event includes soup a desserts, a mystery game, at which teams will attempt to solve a murder, and giving out copies of the book.  This is a ticketed event, with a limit of 50 attendees.  Attendees must be age 12 or older. Tickets are $3, or two for $5.  Tickets are available at Iola Public Library . This program is at the library at 6:00 p.m.

March 12: Author Michael Graves will speak about writing “To Leave a Shadow”, the significance of some of the names and details in the book, and what it’s like to be a Kansas writer.  He’ll also have copies of the sequels to “To Leave a Shadow” to sell, and can sign copies of any of his books.  This program is in the Creitz Recital Hall at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center at 7:00 p.m.

Iola Reads is a cooperative project involving the library, USD #257, and the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Funding for the winter read comes from the Sleeper Family Trust.