Columbus Metropolitan Library partnering with national bestselling author Wil Haygood, Mayor Michael Coleman and Columbus City Schools has announced a community-wide reading initiative to encourage central Ohioans to read the same book at the same time – during the six week program from Sept. 28 to Nov. 12.
The initiative – “Columbus READS: One City, One Book,” features Haygood’s new book, Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America, which was published Sept. 15, and chronicles the nomination and confirmation hearings of America’s first black Supreme Court justice.
Haygood, who hails from Columbus, is a bestselling author and former journalist whose 2008 Washington Post feature about a longtime White House butler served as inspiration for a book as well as the 2013 motion picture Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
“How fortunate are we to have an acclaimed national author with such strong Columbus roots and passion for connecting with students?” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “We believe that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony, and we’re eager to share Wil’s new book with our city to foster thoughtful community discussion.”
The author of seven nonfiction books, Haygood was born in Columbus and has written a trilogy of biographies of iconic 20th century figures that the Los Angeles Times praised as “culturally important” in American letters. He served as an associate producer of the 2013 major motion picture Lee Daniels’ The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
Haygood is an alumnus of Franklin Heights High School as well as Miami University. Haygood currently resides in Washington, D.C.