'One Book, One Waco' Selects Waco Inspired NovelMarch 30, 2010
Lisa Wingate is the author of a book that will be digested by the community in the coming weeks. "The Summer Kitchen" is the story of a woman who oversees neighborhood youths in need while remodeling an old house, and begins to see the facility as more than just a building. "One Book, One Waco" features readings that highlight timely issues and foster discussions on areas of need. But this selection is more localized than all the rest. Wingate, who resides in Clifton, was inspired by the Gospel Cafe which serves the Kate Ross neighborhood.
The Gospel Cafe is located in a former crack house where it provides free lunches to the needy, who interact with a cross-section of the community. The book is set in Dallas, but Wacoans will recognize touches from their city. Wingate is touched by the selection of her work, saying she always hopes her books foster the idea that we need community. "One Book, One Waco" embodies that in the area where she volunteered and observed in preparation for the book.
The kickoff begins tonight at 7p.m. at Waco Hall, with doors opening at 6:30. There were be a book signing, a speech by Wingate, and a question and answer session as well. Stay tuned to KWBU next week when we'll go in-depth with Wingate and the Gospel Cafe about the inspiration for the novel. For KWBU news, I'm Derek Smith.