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Reading Across RI 2015 Book!

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Announces 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.

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.


Miller author photo (c)Camilla Waszink“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.

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