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Livermore Reads Together

Livermore Reads Together is an annual community-wide reading program that takes place each February. The community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by reading the featured book and participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults. Copies of books and event schedules will be made available at all Livermore Public Library locations. All Livermore Reads Together events are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of The Friends of the Livermore Library. See the upcoming book below.

A Good Year by Peter Mayle

  The votes are counted and the choice has been made!  Peter Mayle’s A Good Year is the Livermore Reads Together selection for 2015. The Livermore community was asked to help choose the book for next year’s community reading program, Livermore Reads Together, by voting for one of four books.  After a fierce voting competition, Mayle’s novel about the business and pleasure of wine won the day.  Livermore Reads Together takes place throughout the month of February 2015, and the library will host a series of events for children and adults based on the topics and themes found in A Good Year.

Peter Mayle’s breezy and intoxicating fifth novel, A Good Year, follows 30-something Max Skinner from a sabotaged financial career in London to his adoption of the Provençal lifestyle on an inherited vineyard in France.  Max has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it?  Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max does–-and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Mayle at his most entertaining.  So sit back with a nice glass of wine and enjoy this lighthearted and fun book.

Peter Mayle (born June 14, 1939, in Brighton) is a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in the advertising industry before leaving the business in 1975 to write educational books.  His 1989 book A Year in Provence became an international bestseller; it chronicled a year in his life as a British expatriate in Ménerbes, a village in the southern département Vaucluse.

His books have been translated to more than twenty languages. He writes for magazines and newspapers. A Year in Provence was produced as a TV series starring John Thaw and screened in 1993. His novel A Good Year was the basis for the 2006 film of the same name directed by Ridley Scott and starring actors Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard.

Peter Mayle lives in Lourmarin, situated in Luberon, in Provence, France.

British Book Awards named A Year in Provence Best Travel Book of the Year (1989) and Author of the Year (1992). The French government made him a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) in 2002, for coopération et francophonie.