Livingston Reads 2018


The 2018 Livingston Reads Selection is

Murder on the Orient Express

by Agatha Christie


The Book

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer - in case he or she decides to strike again. Livingston Reads encourages everyone to read the book during March and April. Multiple copies of the book, discussion groups, and special events will be available at locations throughout the county. Check the Livingston Reads website for updates.

The Author

Agatha Christie is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world's longest-running play - The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English Language, and a billion in translation. Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time.

Livingston Reads

Livingston Reads is a "One Book, One Community" project offered by the six Livingston County Libraries (Brighton, Fowlerville, Hamburg, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney), and is a program to encourage residents to read for pleasure, to create community through reading, and to promote the exploration of ideas, knowledge and a love of Michigan! 

Now in its fourteenth year, Livingston Reads hopes to present the Livingston County libraries as centers for culture, entertainment and enlightenment, and to position our libraries as leaders in promoting the joy of reading.




Travel Your Tastebuds with the Great Foodini
Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30pm

Join the Great Foodini, Renee Chodkowski, to sample perfectly safe and perfectly delicious foods inspired by the 2018 Livingston Reads book selection Murder on the Orient Express, explore what guests of the famed train service may have dined on during their journey, and take home the recipes to continue your own journey at home! Space is limited. Registration is required and begins February 19, 2018 online, by phone, or in person.  Click here to register.


The Body in the Library Murder Mystery Breakout
Friday, March 23 at 7:00pm

At closing on a Friday night, a body is found in the library! You and your friends (in teams of 4-5 adults) must use your wits to prove your innocence and discover the 'culprit' before it's too late! Space is limited. Registration is required and begins March 9, 2018 online, by phone, or in person.  Click here to register


The Funny Thing About Murder: Humor in Crime Fiction
Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00pm.

Gallows humor, black comedy, morbid fun writers inject humor into even the grimmest of tales. What's so funny about a murder mystery? Come find out from David Geherin, professor emeritus of English at Eastern Michigan University and author of the new book Funny Thing about Murder: Modes of Humor in Crime Fiction and Films.  Drop In, no registration required.


Movie: Murder on the Orient Express at the Historic Howell Theater
Friday, April 20 at 7:00pm.

Come see the new film-adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13) at the Historic Howell Theater--free with your library card! Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is first-come, first served, and you must present your library card from one of the six Livingston County libraries. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Howell 2018 Livingston Reads Programs are graciously sponsored by The Friends of the Howell Carnegie District Library in memory of Mary Goetsch.


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