top of page

2015 Community Read

Interactive Map of Charleston

Let's have some fun!

Get a real feel for where the characters in "The Invention of Wings" lived by exploring this interactive map created by Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Digital Learning Consultant Robert Beutner and WS student Renata DeGennaro.


  • Book purchases and Louise W. Knight visit made possible by the Wyckoff Family Foundation

  • Sponsors of Deborah Hopkinson’s visit: Finger Lakes Community College, Lyons National Bank, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva 2020

  • Other community partners: Stomping Grounds, The College Store, Quilty Pleasures, Geneva Historical Society, Geneva City School District, Finger Lakes Gifts & Lounge, Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center


Geneva Reads Inc. is proud to present a month-long series of events focused on our 2015 Community Read selections, including “The Invention of Wings,” a best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd. In alternating chapters, the book tells the story of real-life suffragists and abolitionists, Sarah and Angelina Grimke, coupled with a fictional account of mother and daughter slaves.


Family Reading Kits containing copies of each book are available to borrow from the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center at 430 Exchange St. Stop by and pick up a box to share with your family.


Book Selections:


Many events and activities are planned for the month, which will culminate with a talk by noted author and historian Louise W. Knight of Chicago, Ill. Knight, who is writing a biography of Sarah Grimke and her sister Angelina, is frequently asked about Kidd’s book during speaking engagements.



  • March 6 – Community Read Kick Off at Stomping Grounds, 22 Castle St., as part of the Geneva Night Out. Don't miss this event featuring book-themed refreshments, a photography contest, storybook reading and a chance to see the Geneva Reads video created by William Smith student Erin Moore. (5-8 p.m.)

  • March 9 — Quilting for Kids. Second-graders in RJ Jarecke's art classes at West Street School will be introduced to quilting by the owners of Quilty Pleasures at 492 Exchange St. Their quilted wall hangings will be displayed at the quilt shop during Geneva Night Out May 1. Plan to stop by and see them.

  • March 12"Three Elizabeths ... and a Rhoda," a night of local women's history fun, trivia and prizes, hosted by the Geneva Historical Society at the Geneva Public Library. (6:30 p.m.)

  • March 13Books ’n' Brunch at The College Store, featuring a: complimentary brunch; 25 percent discount on "The Invention of Wings"; and 20 percent discount storewide (electronics, textbooks and special orders excluded). (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discount available later in the day and on March 14 if you mention Geneva Reads Books 'n' Brunch at checkout.)

  • March 19  Pre-school-focused Family Literacy Night, featuring author Deborah Hopkinson of Oregon. The event, in the Pat Collins Black Box Theater at the Geneva Community Center on Carter Road, will be hosted by the Geneva General Day Care Center and Child and Family Resources Inc. (6:30 p.m.) 

  • March 19 and 20 Deborah Hopkinson, author of "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" and "Under the Quilt of Night," will speak at local elementary schools.

  • March 25 – "The Invention of Wings" book discussion, facilitated by Jennifer Morris at Finger Lakes Gifts & Lounge at 60 Seneca St. (7 p.m.)

  • March 27"Mapping Charleston": Geneva 2020 will treat ninth-grade visitors to Hobart and William Smith Colleges to a talk by IT guru Rob Beutner, who created an interactive map highlighting key sites in "The Invention of Wings."

  • March 30 -- Biographer Louise W. Knight will speak about the Grimke sisters in the Geneva High School auditorium. A complimentary reception, hosted by Finger Lakes Public Radio, WEOS, follows.



For more information, contact Community Read Chair Kelsy Hibbard-Baker at



bottom of page