Staff writer Ralph Berrier Jr. has this item about Roanoke Valley Reads selecting Smith Mountain Lake author David Baldacci’s Wish You Well as its book for this year’s programming.
Roanoke Valley Reads picks ‘Wish You Well’ as its book for 2013
David Baldacci’s 2000 novel was inspired by his own Southwest Virginia family history.
By Ralph Berrier Jr.
Roanoke Valley Reads organizers are rolling out the red carpet for their next book choice.
Best-selling author David Baldacci’s 2000 novel “Wish You Well,” which was turned into a Southwest Virginia movie project last fall, will be the featured book in the third installment of the community reading project later this year.
Roanoke Valley Reads is a program that invites residents, teachers and students to read a common book, then participate in events centered on that book. Events are scheduled for October, which should give local readers plenty of time to get through the book’s 432 pages.
“We announced it so early because book groups requested” an early decision, said Meg Carter, one of the program’s coordinators. “So many book groups put their calendars together in January and they don’t like to change once everything is set.”
The book has a tangle of local roots. Baldacci’s novel takes place in the mountains of Virginia and is inspired by his own Southwest Virginia family history. The author lives part time at Smith Mountain Lake, as does movie producer Sara Elizabeth Timmins, who co-produced the movie version of the book with Baldacci.
Cast and crew wrapped up two months of filming in November in Giles County, where local residents got to appear in background roles.
The movie features 12-year-old actress Mackenzie Foy, who was recently on screen as Renesmee, the young daughter in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” parts one and two, the last two sequels of the “Twilight” mega-hit series.