Rhode Island Center for the Book Announces the 2018 Reading Across Rhode Island Book:
Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community read program kicks off its 16th year by inviting everyone to join in the reading of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The 2018 program runs from January through May with readers in Rhode Island classrooms, libraries, community centers, bookstores and book groups invited to join discussions and participate in local community events such as lectures, exhibits and dramatic interpretations centered on this year’s selection.
RARI Author Events in April – two exciting opportunities!
This April, Reading Across Rhode Island is offering two exciting opportunities to meet author Angie Thomas. Register today for the event in Westerly or Providence by following the links to online registration provided below. For questions, please contact Kate Lentz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-273-2250.
Join us for this unique opportunity to chat with the author of The Hate U Give over wine and cheese, hosted by our friends and sponsors at Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, RI.
UPDATE: TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT – You can RSVP for the book signing following Angie’s talk using by clicking this link. The book signing will begin at 7:45 pm at Savoy Bookshop & Café. You are also welcome to add your name to the waitlist for the talk, if someone cancels.
Questions? Please contact Elissa Sweet at 860-536-3795 or email@example.com.
Hosted in partnership with the Open Books-Open Minds conference at Rhode Island College, this lecture by the author is free and open to the public. Registration is required for this free event and seating is limited.
UPDATE: TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT – You are welcome to join the waitlist for an overflow room by clicking on this link. Details to follow in early March.
Questions? Please contact Kate Lentz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-273-2250.
Thank you to the 140+ people who joined us in January to kick-off the 16th season of Reading Across Rhode Island with presentations by honorary chair Jordan Seaberry and a keynote by Shawn Christian, PhD. Click here to read about the kick-off and see more photos from the event.
About This Year’s Book
A brave, thought-provoking, conversation-enabling novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she was born and raised and her private high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend.
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! Magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing and can still rap if needed. The Hate U Give is her first novel.
“The Hate U Give has a universal appeal, with current themes of identity, family and race. It’s an ideal selection to build upon last year’s discussions of Just Mercy” stated Kate Lentz, Director of the Rhode Island Center for the Book. “Bryan Stevenson challenged us to: get proximate, be hopeful, change the narrative, get uncomfortable and we will do that with The Hate U Give!”
About Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
We are a statewide organization devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books. Founded in 2003, the RI Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and is hosted by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The Humanities Council’s mission is to seed, support, and strengthen public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement.
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