The fifth annual “Sandy Springs Reads” event is underway this month with a series of discussions and reading, as well as a concert and film screening. 

The annual event encourages residents to read and discuss the same book. This year’s selection is Steven Galloway’s 2008 novel “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” which follows four people during the Bosnian War of the 1990s.

A discussion about the book will be held Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m., at the Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway NE, which also offers displays related to Bosnian culture and cello music.

The Lefont Film Society will host a screening of the film “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” on Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m. at the Lefont Theaters, 5920 Roswell Road.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra cellist Brad Ritchie will perform a concert for Sandy Springs Reads Oct. 25, 6:45 p.m. at the Abernathy Arts Center, 254 Johnson Ferry Road NW.

For more events and information, see the Sandy Springs Reads website here.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.