Big Read to kick off tomorrow

A murder mystery starring Waynesboro City Councilwoman Lorie Smith, News Leader community conversations editor Cindy Corell and Staunton school superintendent Steve Nichols will help kick off the 2009 Big Read Thursday.
The mystery, The Revenge of the Maltese Falcon, also starring Augusta County Board of Supervisors member Nancy Sorrells and Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge director-emeritus Harold Cook, is part of the festivities surrounding the Big Read, which will focus on the Dashiell Hammett thriller The Maltese Falcon.

The event is set for 5 p.m. at Mill Street Grill in Downtown Staunton.

Books, readers guides, audio guides and other Big Read materials will be available for distribution at the event.

The Big Read is sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge in conjunction with the local public libraries in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro among the community partners.


– Story by Chris Graham

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Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
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