By MARCIA LANE
PALATKA – Putnam County readers will be traveling to L.A. and an old murder this month as One Book One Putnam holds their 13th annual read.
Since it’s the 13th the choice is appropriate — City of Bones by New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly. It features Harry Bosch, Connelly’s private detective creation.
Kick-off for the read is Thursday, Jan. 12, with a reception, light refreshments and a skeleton at the Palatka Municipal Golf Course clubhouse.
Coming with the skeleton is Dr. Michael Warren, head of the C.A. Pound Human Identification Lab at the University of Florida. Warren, who graduated from Palatka High School, is also an associate professor of forensic anthropology at UF. He’s been involved in some high profile cases including serving as an expert witness in the Casey Anthony trial in Orlando and helping identify bodies at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. He’s worked in Bosnia and Thailand on cases resulting from ethnic cleansing.
Warren will talk about the work involved in the identification of skeletal remains as well as some of his cases.
The kick-off is free and open to the public and hosted by the Putnam County Library System Board. The clubhouse is at 1715 Moseley Ave. The reception is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Copies of the book will be for sale or you can get them at area libraries.
Over the next two months libraries throughout Putnam will be hosting discussions on City of Bones.
The schedule includes:
Jan. 26, 6 p.m., Headquarters library in Palatka. Special guest Diana Latta is a Putnam County teacher who has taught courses in forensics.
Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m., Bostwick Public Library. Special guest Chip Liabl.
Feb. 8, 10 a.m., Melrose Library
Feb. 8, noon, Crescent City Library. Lunch with the Greats
Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Interlachen Library.
The finale event is Feb. 23 with special guest St. Johns County Cold Case Detective Howard “Skip” Cole. Cole will be talking about his work and how it compares to the fictional accounts in the Harry Bosch series. The finale is at the GFWC Woman’s Club of Palatka, 600 S. 13th St., Palatka. Light refreshments will be provided.
One Book One Putnam has hosted book reads since 2005 when the series kicked off with Patrick Smith’s A Land Remembered. OBOP is designed to encourage the pleasure of reading.