Reading Across Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community read program and statewide reading initiative is kicking off its 13th year!

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Announcing the 2015 Reading Across Rhode Island Title

Norwegian by Night


Reading Across Rhode Island, the only One Book, One State community read kicks off its 13th year by inviting everyone to join in the reading of Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller. Reading Across Rhode Island is a project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book made possible through a vibrant collaboration of librarians, teachers, book group leaders and readers from across the state. The 2015 program runs from January to May with readers in Rhode Island classrooms, libraries, bookstores and book groups invited to join discussions and participate in local community events such as lectures, art exhibits, poetry readings and dramatic interpretations centered on this year’s selection.

PDF iconNorwegian By Night 2015 Resource Guide


Kickoff Event on January 31, 2015 at Salve Regina University

It’s All About the Book: Join us for a lively introduction to the book’s themes with an expert panel moderated by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University. Preview performance by Living Literature.
Check out the video announcement here

The presentation will take place on January 31 from 2pm – 4:00pm at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy
518 Bellevue Avenue
Newport RI, 02840

Tickets are $20 and include one paperback copy of the book (retail value $15.00). Light refreshments will be provided. For more information and to reserve your seat, contact Kate Lentz at or (401) 273-2250.

Tickets are On Sale Now!
To reserve your seat, contact Kate Lentz at or (401) 273-2250.

Senator Jack Reed serves as the program’s Honorary Chair. Robin Kall of Reading with Robin serves as the chair of the May Breakfast.

About This Year’s Book

Norwegian by Night highlights important themes of returning from war and growing older. The main character, Sheldon Horowitz, an ex-marine, eighty-two year old retired watch repairman warily agrees to immigrate to Norway from New York City to live with his granddaughter and her husband. Sheldon’s world is turns upside down when he witnesses a heinous crime and goes on the lam with a five-year-old child.
“I’ve written an American story, a generational story. It’s about patriotism, about country.”

-Derek Miller


Derek Miller is the director of The Policy Lab and senior fellow with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. He has a PHD in international relations from the University of Geneva, and an MA in national security studies from Georgetown University, in cooperation with St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.


Join “The Notions” from the Lincoln School in Providence, along with many local celebrities, to celebrate the new 2015 Reading Across Rhode Island Selection: Norwegian By Night by Derek Miller.



2014 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

2013 The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb

2012 Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

2011 The Unforgiving Minute by Craig Mullaney

2010 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

2009   Five Skies by Ron Carlson

2008   Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

2007   The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

2006   Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

2005   The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2004   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

2003   Wish You Well by David Baldaci

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