Greenwich Reads Together Selection: News of the World

Greenwich Reads Together: a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book.

News of the Wolrd

News of the World

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous.

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News of the Wolrd

About Paulette Jiles

Paulette Jiles was born in Salem, Missouri, in the Missouri Ozarks. Raised in small towns in both south and central Missouri, she attended three different high schools, an exhausting process of social dislocation and fashion wobbles, and with relief graduated from the University of Missouri (KC) in Romance Languages. After graduation she worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto and in the far north of Ontario and in the Quebec Arctic, helping to set up village one-watt FM radio stations in the native language, Anishinabe and Inuktitut. Jiles taught at David Thompson University in Nelson, BC and grew to love the British Columbian ecosystems and general zaniness. She spent one year as a writer-in-residence at Philips Andover in Massachusetts and then returned to the United States permanently when she married Jim Johnson, a Texan, and has lived in Texas since 1995.

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AuthorTalk: Paulette Jiles

Author Paulette Jiles spoke to students at Greenwich High School about her novel and GRT 2017 book selection, News of the World. Check out the video below!

Greenwich Reads Together Essay Contest

The Rotary Club of Greenwich sponsored the GRT 2017 Essay Contest for middle and high school students. Cash prizes were awarded at the event in two categories (6th-8th grades and 9-12th grades.) Winners were honored at the author talk on November 14 at 6:30 pm in Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium.

Awards and Nominations:

  • 2016 National Book Award Finalist for News of the World
  • 1984 Governor General’s Awards for English-Language Poetry, Canada for Celestial Navigation
  • Willa Literary Award for Historical Fiction, U.S. for Enemy Women


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Greenwich Reads Together is supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library.

Greenwich Reads Together Steering Committee

Greenwich Library
Greenwich Arts Council
Greenwich Historical Society
Greenwich Alliance for Education
Greenwich Pen Women

Greenwich Public and Independent Schools
Friends of Greenwich Library
Perrot Memorial Library
Retired Men’s Association (RMA) of Greenwich

Companion Books

Middle School Selection:

The Ransom of Mercy Carter

Elementary School Selection:

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

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