'Tupelo Reads' events launch this week

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The city kicks off its second annual Tupelo Reads Program today with an art show featuring works inspired by the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Gilead.”
About 30 Tupelo High School students created the pieces, which will be on display from 6-7 p.m. at the GumTree Museum of Art.
“It’s open to the public,” said museum Director Kit Stafford. “We’ll have light refreshments.”
It’s the first of several events focused around the fictional novel by Marilynne Robinson and organized by the Mayor’s Task Force on Education.
Next up is a book review from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lee County Library. Mississippi syndicated columnist Sid Salter will discuss “Gilead” along with his daughter, Kate, a Mississippi State University English professor.
The review is free, and lunch is available for purchase.
Next week, the library will host a Pastors’ Roundtable featuring Dr. Bryan Collier from The Orchard, Dr. David Eldridge from Calvary Baptist and Dr. Tom Groome of First Presbyterian. They’ll discuss issues related to “Gilead” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 2.
The story of “Gilead” follows a dying, fictional pastor as he puts on paper his life story so his young son might better know him after he’s gone.
Last year’s inaugural Tupelo Reads program centered around the nonfiction novel “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com