One book One Community
"Slum Dog Millionaire"
A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
Shashi Karve will introduce the community to India's vast and vibrant culture, including customs, festivals, religions and more. Plus, watch a live sand art demonstration!
The author will read from her book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" and answer audience questions.
The author will talk to the community and sign books. First come, first served, free admission.
Community members can meet Katherine Boo, The New York Times bestselling author of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” as she kicks off the 2012 One Book, One Community (OBOC) program with a special visit to the East Lansing-Michigan State University community Aug. 26-27.
If you haven't yet read Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, this year's One Book One Community selection, copies are now available for purchase in the library's Friendshop. The Friends are selling the paperback edition, published just for East Lansing's OBOC event, at the wholesale price. Pick one up soon while supplies last.
Once you've finished the book make sure to attend some of the many events being held around town to celebrate this year's title.
Looking for used books? Check out the Friends Facebook page. They list great used books available for purchase at the library.
Author of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer, will speak and autograph books. FREE. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
As the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches and our community prepares to engage in One Book, One Community events, I would like to recommend a middle-grade fiction novel,Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Ninth Ward is the first middle grade novel written by Rhodes, an award winning author of adult fiction. It is also the first middle grade novel written about Hurricane Katrina.
12-year-old orphan Lanesha lives in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans with 82-year-old Mama Ya-Ya, her caretaker. The story begins on Lanesha's birthday, a few days before Hurrican Katrina hits in 2005. Lanesha is teased by her peers at school because she talks to ghosts, but she is a strong and independent character and so the teasing doesn't bother her. Mama Ya-Ya has the feeling something bad is going to happen soon, but she doesn't know what it is until she and Lanesha hear the news announced on the TV. What happens next is a tale of a struggle for survival in what was to be the tragic aftermath of catastrophic flooding in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans after Hurrican Katrina passed through.
The 2010 One Book, One Community selection is Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.