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    *One Book, One Community in Duluth

    Apr 17th, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Event Location: Lincoln Park Middle School

    Price: Free

    Vreeland’s book “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” has been selected as the community reading project’s 2013 title. During her April 17 visit she will give a free public presentation at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Park Middle School about the book and her research into the artistry and history of Tiffany stained glass.

    One Book, One Community is an annual program that encourages everyone in the Twin Ports and surrounding area to read and discuss a title chosen by a committee of librarians and teachers. Each year hundreds of people participate by reading the selected title and attending programs.

    “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” is the fictional story of the unknown glass artist Clara Driscoll – who was a real person – and Louis Comfort Tiffany, a giant of the arts. The two characters collaborate to create some of the most exquisite artwork of the Gilded Age. Tiffany takes credit for Clara’s work while she yearns to be recognized as the creator of beautiful lampshades and stained glass windows.

    The story has special relevance in the Northland because several buildings in Duluth have Tiffany stained glass windows.

    The book made the New York Times bestseller list in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Lannon Literary Award for Fiction in 2011 as well.

    Separate from Vreeland’s presentation, One Book, One Community is sponsoring a bus tour of Duluth Tiffany windows on April 13. After the tour, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, local author and documentary maker Jack Salmela will present a program about stained glass art in Duluth.

    From mid-March to mid-April the One Book project is offering a number of other programs based on the themes of art, women in the labor force at the turn of the 20th century and other topics in the book.

    Everyone is invited attend any or all of the One Book, One Community events.

    A brochure listing One Book, One Community events is available at the Duluth Public Library main and branch libraries, The Bookstore at Fitger’s and other locations. Check the library’s website,, for updated information and new events. The website also contains discussion questions, background information about the book and author, and information about “Chasing Vermeer,” the title selected for younger readers.

    Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Duluth Public Library Foundation, and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund are the primary funders of the 2013 One Book, One Community project, in partnership with the Duluth Public Library, the Cloquet Public Library, Friends of the Cloquet Public Library, Arrowhead Library System, Arrowhead Reading Council, The Bookstore at Fitger’s, Duluth Public Schools, Fitger’s Inn, Virginia Public Library and Friends of the Virginia Public Library.

    Last Updated: 2015-12-28 16:21:47