Local authors Ginny and Everett Blodgett faced a standing room only crowd at RCTV Studios on Monday, May 13 when they released their new book: Images of America: Reading. The crowd of approximately one hundred included students, parents, local elected officials, and longtime friends of the Blodgetts.
The authors were introduced by Alan Foulds, Vice Chair of Reading 375 and Chair of the Reading 350th celebration 25 years ago. Mr. Foulds explained that Images of America: Reading takes its place on the bookshelf of Reading history, alongside volumes published at celebrations as early as 1844.
During a short presentation, the authors shared some of the fascinating historical facts described in their new book. Audience members, many of whom had just purchased their copy of Images of America: Reading, could be seen leafing through their books during the presentation.
The authors hosted a book signing after their short talk, and the line stretched into the next room. Audience members enjoyed cake and socializing while waiting for a chance to meet the authors and get their signatures.
Philip Rushworth, Chair of the Reading 375 Committee, was thrilled with the turnout. “It is so exciting to see such support for this book. This is a town that celebrates our history. We’re more excited than ever about Reading 375, which kicks off on the Town Common on Friday, May 31 at 7:00.”
Images of America: Reading is $21.99, payable by cash or check made out to Virginia Blodgett. Payment will be accepted on receipt of the book. Profits from the sale of the book are being donated to Reading 375, the Antiquarian Society (Parker Tavern), and conservation of some of Reading’s historical artifacts.
In coordination with the Reading Historical Commission and the Reading 375 Steering Committee, there will also be a “bundle” available for $45.00, which includes Images of America: Reading, At Wood End (published in 1994 for Reading’s 350th anniversary), and a commemorative Reading 375 pin. All proceeds from the sale of At Wood End will go to the Preservation section of the Reading Celebration Trust.
Copies of Images of America: Reading will be available for sale on Saturday, May 18 from 9 – 1 on the Reading Common at the Reading Garden Club annual plant sale, at many of the Reading 375 events, or by contacting the authors at firstname.lastname@example.org.