Reading Across RI

Angie Thomas and students



Hosted in partnership with the Open Books-Open Minds conference at Rhode Island College
 Also check out the Twitter Feed from the event!   #RARI2018
Also check out The Hate U Give Resource Guide available for participants

Rhode Island Center for the Book Announces the 2018 Reading Across Rhode Island Book:

The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe 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.

Living Literature performances of The Hate U Give:

Living Literature is a collective of Rhode Island based artists and educators who teach literature through a unique and imaginative process. Participants experience the literature on their feet while observers see the story unfold before them.

Barnes & Noble, Warwick Bookfair Fundraiser on Saturday, March 17, 2 pm
Barrington Public Library on Tuesday, March 20, 7 pm, 281 County Rd., Barrington, RI
Woonsocket Harris Public Library on Wednesday, March 21, 7 pm, 303 Clinton St., Woonsocket, RI
Weaver Library on Monday, April 2, 7 pm, 41 Grove St., East Providence, RI
Jamestown Philomenian Library on Thursday, April 5, 6:30 pm, 26 North Rd., Jamestown, RI
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library on Saturday,  April 7, 2 pm, 35 Kingstown Rd., Narragansett, RI
Tiverton Town Public Library on Monday, April 9, 7 pm,  34 Roosevelt, Tiverton, RI
North Kingstown Free Library on Monday, April 23, 6:30, 100 Boone St., North Kingstown, RI
Rogers Free Library on Tuesday, April 24, 7pm, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Rochambeau Library on Thursday, May 17, 7 pm 708 Hope Street, Providence, RI

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 or call 401-273-2250.

SOLD OUT! Waitlist available for book signing.

APRIL 12: A Conversation with Angie Thomas in Westerly

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


SOLD OUT! Waitlist available for overflow room.

APRIL 13: Keynote Lecture & Lunch with Angie Thomas in Providence

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 or call 401-273-2250.

Kick-Off Recap:

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.

Remarks by Shawn Anthony Christinan, Ph.D. At Reading Across Rhode Island Kick-off for Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give January 27, 2018 “Starr was a witness.”


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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