- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
Andrea Levy, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction for Small Island, which was made into a BBC Masterpiece Theatre drama, has followed with this 2010 novel, The Long Song, told by Miss July, a slave child born on a Jamaican sugar plantation. July is taken from her mother by the owner's sister to serve her in the great house and is taught to read and write to help her mistress run her business; there she grows up and finds love, as well. July survives the Great Jamaican Slave Revolt or Baptist War of 1831-32 and after eventually being forced to leave the plantation, tells her story with the help, at times, of her long-lost son. Told in the words and speech patterns of 19th century Jamaica, the vivid characters suffer and survive while the reader enters and experiences this very different time and place with them.