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Romantic Reads on Route One
- "Stiltsville" is 2018 community reading program selection -

DATE: June 8, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - For the fourth consecutive year, Florida Center for the Book will participate in Route One Reads,. This road trip-inspired reading list explores various genres through the network of state Center for the Book affiliates located along Route 1. In 2018, the theme of the reading will be romance novels, and the selected book to represent Florida is Stiltsville: A Novel by Susanna Daniel.

Daniel’s debut novel, Stiltsville, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for best debut work published in 2010. With Stiltsville, Daniel weaves the beauty, violence, and humanity of Miami’s coming-of-age with an enduring story of a marriage’s beginning, maturity and heartbreaking demise. Daniel is a co-founder of the Madison Writers’ Studio and a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has  been published in Newsweek, Slate, One Story and Epoch, among others. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where she spent much of her childhood at her family’s stilt house in Biscayne Bay.  


"We are excited to feature Susanna Daniel’s novel as our state-wide selection for the 2018 Route One Reads," says Florida Center for the Book program coordinator Michael Bryant. Whether readers are at home or on the road this summer, we hope that this list of must-read romances will keep them turning the pages until Labor Day.”


The diverse reading list created by Route One Reads highlights each individual State Center for the Book while celebrating the East Coast as a whole. By participating in Route One Reads, readers can travel across 15 states and the District of Columbia without taking a single footstep or loading up books into the car for a literary road trip. The full list of featured books for the 2018 Route One Reads initiative is available, along with a map of participating states, at


Route One Reads is a partnership between the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and its affiliates in Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Virginia; and Washington, D.C. Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, the Route One Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states or commonwealths for readers travelling the major and meandering highway. For more information, visit or follow #Route1Reads on Twitter.


About Florida Center for the Book: Based at the Broward County Main Library, Florida Center for the Book brings readers and writers together promotes books reading and libraries and celebrates the literary heritage of Florida. To learn more, visit


About the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress: Established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. It sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers and collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. The Center for the Book is part of the Library’s National and International Outreach service unit. For more information, visit


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