Concord Reads

Concord Reads has selected “The Last Policeman,” by Ben H. Winters for its one book-one community reading program for 2014-15.

The novel, which involves a murder as an asteroid threatens civilization on earth, takes places in Concord.

The Concord Reads committee selected “The Last Policeman” to tie in with Concord’s 250th anniversary celebration (Concord250).  The book’s events take place in Concord, where the author has ties.  While impending doom isn’t the rosiest of topics, readers will find a determined protagonist and an interesting array of characters with events taking place at actual Concord locations such as the South Main Street McDonald’s, the West Street playground, the police station, Concord Hospital and Concord Public Library.

The hero of the novel, Detective Hank Palace, won’t give up on his job even as asteroid 2011GV zooms toward earth. The world’s economy is in tatters, communication is difficult, and some people have given up on life. But Hank plugs on seeking the killer of an actuary.

“The Last Policeman” is the first in Winters’ trilogy set in a pre-apocalypse world.

Concord Reads is planning numerous events tied to the book, including a “scavenger hunt” at places referenced in the book and various discussions about the book and themes raised within, throughout the winter leading up to the author’s appearance in March. The organization is working with community partners to present a varied set of discussions on issues raised in the book – ethical and moral decisions, emergency preparedness, astronomy, and forensics.

Concord Reads, a program of the Concord Public Library Foundation and supported by Lincoln Financial Group, brings people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the book. The Concord Reads Committee is and open committee made up of Concord Public Library Foundation members, library staff and, most importantly, interested community members.

To partner with Concord Reads for a book discussion or event, organizations should contact Concord Reads chair George Geers at 226-1020, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or through the Concord Public Library Foundation’s Facebook page.
Copies of “The Last Policeman” and the second and third books in Winters’ trilogy are available at the Concord Public Library and Gibson’s Bookstore.

Previous Concord Reads Books

2013: The Works of Maxine Kumin
2012: The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
2011: Outcasts United by Warren St. John
2010: Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
2009: “How one person can make a difference” - theme with two books:
Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and The Soloist by Steve Lopez
2008: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
2007: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
2006: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
2005: Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian
2004: The works of poet and author Donald Hall
2003: Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2002: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder