Reading Across Rhode Island

 The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasRhode Island Center for the Book Announces the 2018 Reading Across Rhode Island Book:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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 Kick-Off

Programming begins with a Kick-Off event on January 27th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at The Pavilion at Grace at 300 Westminster Street, Providence, RI.

Register for the Kick-Off Today!

Readers are invited to join Reading Across Rhode Island Honorary Chair Jordan Seaberry, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Institute for the Study and Practice of
Nonviolence, Shawn A. Christian, PhD, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of English, African American, and American Studies, Wheaton College and member of the Humanities Council board, CivicSalon, LLC, Living Literature, and AS220 Youth for an engaging introduction to the book’s themes. The kick-off event will give book group leaders an introduction to resources and materials provided through Reading Across Rhode Island to catalyze interesting discussions.

Other Planned Events: Join us for April 12th and 13th for Angie Thomas visits RI! Registration for events with Angie Thomas will be available on the Rhode Island Center for the Book website in February. Look for other upcoming book-related events throughout the year at

Sets of books are available for loan to classroom teachers, library discussion groups and senior centers by contacting Further reading lists, book discussion guides, the author’s website, audio interviews and other supplementary materials are forthcoming – check back soon.

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.


2017 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

2016 The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

2015 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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