As part of Geneva Reads’ annual Community Read month, featured author Lisa Genova will speak at the Smith Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 14. This year’s Community Read, which kicked-off on March 1, is built around Genova’s New York Times bestselling novel about early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, “Still Alice.”
“We are absolutely thrilled that The Smith board of directors agreed to bring our Community Read author here,” says Anne Schühle, executive director of Geneva Reads. “For the last few years, our committee had discussed the possibility of focusing on Alzheimer’s, but until The Smith offered this collaboration we didn’t think we’d be able to host an author of Genova’s caliber.”
Genova earned a doctorate in neuroscience from Harvard University and has used her expertise to write four books that put human faces on conditions that affect the brain. In addition to “Still Alice” (Gallery Books, 2009), which was made into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart, Genova is the author of: “Inside the O’Briens” (Gallery Books, 2016) which focuses on Huntington’s disease; “Left Neglected” (Gallery Books, 2011), about traumatic brain injury; and “Love Anthony” (Gallery Books, 2013), which deals with autism.
The full schedule of events includes:
- March 1 – “Still Me: Experts Answer Your Questions About Alzheimer’s,” which featured several experts from the Rochester and Finger Lakes region chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, 24 Park Place; 5:30-7 p.m.
- March 4 – “Books & Brunch,” a brunch with storewide discounts; at The College Store, 51 St. Clair St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- March 7 – “Still Caring: Stress Management for the Caregiver,” presented by Kathy Wade from Finger Lakes Health; in the Community Room of the Geneva Public Library, 4 p.m.
- March 19 – HBO Film and Discussion, “The Alzheimer’s Project: The Memory Loss Tapes,” at Geneva Public Library, 11 a.m.
- March 26 – HBO Film and Discussion, “The Alzheimer’s Project: Momentum in Science” at Geneva Public Library, 11 a.m.
- March 31 – HBO Film and Discussion, “The Alzheimer’s Project: Caregivers,” at Geneva Public Library, 5:30 p.m.
- April 7 – “Still Alice: Book Discussion,” facilitated by Jennifer Morris; at Finger Lakes Gifts & Lounge, 60 Seneca St.; 7 p.m.
- April 10 – “Still Alice,” the movie; Smith Center for the Arts, 2 p.m.
- April 14 – Author Lisa Genova, a book signing will follow her talk, at the Smith Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. General Admission, $15; Students, $5; Talk and Meet and Greet with Author, $30.
Through funding provided by a grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, each Geneva High School student has received a copy of, “Still Alice.” Other age-appropriate books are also being given to all public and parochial school students, including: grades 6-8, “The Graduation of Jake Moon;” grades 3-5, “Singing with Momma Lou;” and K-2, “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge,” which will be distributed during the annual Book Fest on Saturday, April 9, at the Geneva Community Center.
In addition to The Smith, the Wyckoff Family Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association and Geneva Public Library, Community Read sponsors include Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Finger Lakes Health and Lyons National Bank.