Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[Library Events and Programs] "Memphis Reads" Community Read Begins Tomorrow

Tomorrow (October 1, 2014)  marks the official start of Memphis Reads, a community-wide initiative presented by a partnership between Christian Brothers University and the Memphis Public Library. 

The Memphis Reads title for 2014 is The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.

About the book: 
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, first published in 2007, blends fiction with fact and Mengestu’s own history, detailing the experiences of an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, DC after fleeing his country’s revolution seventeen years earlier. Told in a haunting and powerful first-person narration, the novel is a deeply affecting and unforgettable examination of what it means to lose a family and a country—and what it takes to create a new home. It deals with themes that are increasingly prevalent in our national and international conversations such as immigration, race, the concept of family, and the increasing divide between poverty and wealth. It won the Guardian Unlimited’s First Book Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book.

This book is available at the Memphis Public Library also as a downloadable e-book and book club kit from our Books in a Bag service. (Click for library catalog

Dinaw Mengestu's public reading and book talk are November 4, 2014

Click the tags, CBU Fresh Reads or Fresh Reads Top 10 Essays, for the top ten winning essays inspired by Mengestu's novel from participants in Christian Brothers University's Fresh Reads program. These essays will continue to post throughout the month of October. 

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