Submitted by: Nicole Miyashiro
For the fourth consecutive year, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book will participate in Route One Reads, a roadtrip-inspired reading list that explores various genres through the network of state Center for the Book affiliates located along Route 1. In 2018, the theme of the reading will be romance novels, and the selected book to represent Pennsylvania is Remember When by Lindsay Detwiler (Hot Tree Publishing).
Detwiler is a contemporary romance writer who teaches English at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High in Pennsylvania. She credits her junior high sweetheart and husband, Chad, with showing her the enduring power of love amidst the difficulties of life. Detwiler says her goal as a writer is to maintain a “true sense of realism” in her work while celebrating the beauty of love and to “speak to the modern woman’s experience.” In the suspenseful tale Remember When, a couple finds themselves in the grips of a snowbound car wreck with only the intense contemplation of their marriage to pass the time, as they fear their time is edging towards an end.
The diverse reading list created by Route One Reads highlights each individual State Center for the Book while celebrating the East Coast as a whole. By participating in Route One Reads, readers can travel across 15 states and the District of Columbia without taking a single footstep, or load selected books into the car for a literary road trip. The full list of featured books for the 2018 Route One Reads initiative is available along with a map of participating states at Route1Reads.org.
Route One Reads is a partnership between the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and its affiliates in: Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Virginia; and, Washington, D.C. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit Route1Reads.org or follow #Route1Reads on Twitter.