Monday, October 3, 2011

Author of 'The Help' to speak in West Reading Thursday


This Thursday: Kathryn Stockett, author of "The Help" (2009, Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam's Sons, $24.95 hardcover ... and now a major motion picture), is coming to Berks County.

But you'll have to cough up $32 just to hear her speak for 45 minutes (and that doesn't include the book.) I think it's a bit steep - hit book and movie or not.

A question-and-answer period will follow the program.

Members of the audience are permitted bring their own copies of "The Help" for Stockett to sign. Or you can buy "The Help" - available for purchase in a variety of formats - at this event.

Stockett will be speaking on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. 7th Ave., West Reading, PA. To order tickets, call 610-796-9001 or email and put “Tickets” in the subject line. All major credit cards accepted.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

"The Help" has been published in 35 countries and has sold more than 5 million copies. It spent more than 100 weeks on the New YorK Times Best Seller list. The movie was released Aug. 10 and is currently in theaters. Click here to see the trailer.

Thursday's event, hosted by the Berks County Public Libraries, is part of Reading Reads 2011: The annual Greater Reading Literary Festival held during the month of October.
There are literary events scheduled for almost every day of the month, mostly at various libraries and colleges in Berks. Highlights include:
Oct. 17: A discussion by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder, Author of "Strength in What Remains," at 6:30 p.m. at Alvernia University. 

Oct. 26: "A Dark and Stormy Night in Reading," 6 to 8 p.m. in The Wise Old Owl Book Store, West Reading. Participants read short stories by Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stoker. 

Oct. 29: "In A Galaxy Far, Far Away," the third annual Halloween bash at noon in Reading Public Library. The Reading Philharmonic Orchestra will play "Star Wars" music.

A complete listing of events can be found at


Susan G. Weidener said...

Sort of wondering if this is another reason to go the independent/self publishing route as she probably charges as a way to pay her publisher for placing her book in stores and continuing its publicity efforts. In any case, it's a great book, but my guess is that people in West Reading really don't have this kind of money to spend on an author reading.

Michelle Karas said...

I agree, Susan, the ticket price was a lot of money (for this poor jounalist, anyway). I'll stick with my free memories of the novel, which I enjoyed very much.