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Indy's Choice for 2009 One Book, One City: "Some Buried Caesar" by Rex Stout!

October 16, 2009

2009 One Book One City

This year’s One Book, One City selection of Rex Stout’s Some Buried Caesar was unveiled at Central Library by (from left to right) Susan Brock Williams of the IMCPL Foundation, Chris Cairo, IMCPL’s Director of Programming and Project Development, and Sarah Taylor, Director of Constituent Services in the Office of Mayor Greg Ballard

The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and the Office of Mayor Greg Ballard invite the entire community to uncover a classic mystery by Indiana native Rex Stout during the 2009 One Book, One City reading initiative.

Some Buried Caesar, Stout's 1939 novel featuring the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, has been chosen for the program that continues through November 30. The announcement came during the Indiana Mystery Authors Celebration at Central Library on October 16 in support of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Indianapolis.

Readers will find the eccentric Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin stranded in a private pasture in upstate New York following an automobile breakdown. The two are thrust into a family feud over the fate of a prize bull named Caesar (stud farm or steak house?) while they endure poor food, uncomfortable chairs, warm beer... and three dead bodies. The great detective is on the horns of a dilemma as the stampede of suspects conceals a special breed of killer who wins a blue ribbon for sheer audacity.

Rex Stout was born in Noblesville, Indiana in 1886 and became known as America's best crime writer. His character Nero Wolfe debuted in 1934 with Fer-de-Lance and retired in his 1975 work, A Family Affair.

Over 500 copies of Some Buried Caesar are available for borrowing at the library, in addition to numerous audio and downloadable copies. Upon checkout, patrons will receive a "Read It and Rate It" comment card that can be filled out and returned with the book. Like a bookmark, the card will stay with the book when it is re-shelved with comments that other borrowers will find informative and fun. When returning the comment cards, patrons will be entered at their local branch to win a $25 Kroger gift card and custom-designed One Book, One City book bag.

Several options will be available to keep discussion of the book going. Patrons can share their comments on the Library's One Book, One City website (www.imcpl.org/onebook), where they will find information about the book, fun questions to stimulate discussion, and a downloadable discussion guide. The site will also feature blogs and social networking opportunities. In addition, selected IMCPL branches will host free discussion programs on the title.

The One Book, One City initiative began in 2003 with The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West, which was followed by Endurance by Alfred Lansing, The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Craft (edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.), Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale, Jr., and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

One Book, One City is made possible with proceeds from the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation.