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Special giveaway planned for novel chosen for One Book program

The Kitsap Regional Library system will give away free copies of
The Kitsap Regional Library system will give away free copies of 'The Leisure Seekers,' by Michael Zadoorian's novel, this Saturday throughout Kitsap County. Copies of this year's selection for the One Book program will be handed out at Saturday's farmers market on Bainbridge Island.
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The staff of the Kitsap Regional Library is planning a special "read and release" book giveaway of the novel that's been picked for this fall's One Book, One Community celebration.

Michael Zadoorian's novel, "The Leisure Seekers," is the library system's selection for this year's One Book program. Kitsap Regional Library staff members will be tour the county on Saturday, July 27, to give away copies of the book.

In all, more than 100 copies of “The Leisure Seeker” will be handed out.  The books will have with special labeling identifying the books and urging people to share them with others in the community. The copies — purchased with funds donated to the KRL Foundation — are not part of the library's collection and do not have to be returned to the library.

Each book is labeled on the cover “Read & Release. Take this Book. Details inside.” Inside the front cover is another label explaining the One Book, One Community program. People who get one of the copies of the thought-provoking book are urged to read it and then pass it along to family, friends or neighbors.

In addition, each copy has a unique identification number that has been registered at Readers can use that number to record their comments on the book, see the path it has taken through the community, and note where they have released it for the next person to take.

Copies of the book will be released Saturday at the following locations and events:

6 a.m.: A Port Orchard senior center;

7:15 a.m.: Kingston Marina;

9 a.m.: Poulsbo Farmers Marke;t

10:45 a.m.: Bainbridge Farmers Market; and

2 p.m.: Silverdale Whaling Days Festival.

The library system normally purchases a few hundred copies of its One Book selection to have in its collection in the months leading up to the One Book program every October. This year, however, an additional 400 copies were purchased with donations to allow the library system to spread the idea of One Book throughout the community among people who do not often visit the library.

"The Leisure Seeker” is a story about making the most of your time, a celebration of love and partnership, of Old Route 66 and the challenges of modern life.

Zadoorian’s main characters are Ella and John Robina, a couple steeped in 50 years of marriage. In the book, told through Ella’s narration, the couple goes on the lam against doctors’ orders and the wishes of their grown children, piling into their RV, the Leisure Seeker, to take one last road trip together.

Zadoorian will be in Kitsap to celebrate One Book on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19. On Oct. 18, he will join a book discussion group led by Susan Brown Trinidad, 10 a.m. at the McCormick Woods Clubhouse in South Kitsap. He will appear later that evening at a KRL Foundation fundraiser, and then give a presentation on the book at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 as part of KRL’s Fall at the Mall program series at Kitsap Mall in Silverdale. The mall program will be hosted by Terry Tazioli, journalist and host of the television show “Well Read.”



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