The Steering Committee for Greenwich Reads Together 2012 has just released the program for this year's book, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. For two weeks, from April 17 until May 1, the Greenwich community will have multiple opportunities to engage in activities centered around this American Book Award winner. The program covers a wide breadth of material beginning with a live Skype telecast with author Eggers. Additional programs feature celebrated artists from literature, jazz music, and photography, as well as renowned names from national news and government. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions will be held across Greenwich.
Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience that engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. The community is invited to join any of the programs, which are free and open to the public. Following is a brief overview:
Talk by Author Dave Eggers - Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm, Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library: Multi-award winning author Dave Eggers engages in a lively talk about Zeitoun via Skype.
Katrinaville Chronicles: Images and Observations from a New Orleans Photographer - Thursday, April 19 at 7pm, Greenwich Historical Society, Cos Cob: Renowned Photographer David G. Spielman shares his personal experience and images.
Film: Trouble the Water - Friday, April 20 at 8pm, Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library: Award-winning documentary with introduction by Greenwich resident Tom Stark, who shares his post-Katrina volunteer experience.
Jazz Concert - Saturday, April 21 at 4pm, Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library - Greenwich High Honors Jazz Ensemble, coached by the dean of New Orleans bass players Bill Huntington, performs New Orleans jazz music. Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Bennie Wallace moderates Q & A with Bill.
Zeitoun's New Orleans in the Aftermath of Katrina: Preserving Civil Liberties While Protecting Public Safety - Tuesday, April 24 at 7pm, Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library: The Honorable James Letten, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New Orleans and the recipient of the U.S. Attorney General's Medallion for Distinguished Service for leadership following Hurricane Katrina, talks about the balance of protecting individual rights and public safety. Talk introduced by the Honorable David Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
The Story of a Katrina Survivor - Wednesday, April 25 at 2pm, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Ave.: Artist and current Greenwich resident Andre Lanoux tells the story of evacuating New Orleans and the challenges of rebuilding his life and career.
Reporting from Katrina and Extreme Weather in a Warming World - Thursday, April 26 at 7pm, Media Center, Greenwich High School: Rob Marciano, news and weather anchor for CNN Worldwide and 1986 Greenwich High School graduate, relays his experience of reporting on Katrina.
Lessons from Zeitoun: Where Do We Go from Here? - Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm, Christ Church, Greenwich: An interfaith panel discusses overcoming prejudice in a diverse society.
Children and Teen Discussion Groups
Joint Session: Greenwich Library Junior Book Club and Middle School Book Club - Students grades 4-8 discuss Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes, the companion book for Greenwich Reads Together
Greenwich High School and Eastern, Western and Central Middle Schools - Each will have book discussions/programs for students, faculty and parents
Adult Discussion Groups
Residents can organize their own (Greenwich Pen Women can supply a book group leader) or join one of the discussion groups at the Greenwich Library branches, the Perrot Library, the Retired Men's Association, the Rotary Club, Temple Sholom or The First Presbyterian Church.
In working with such a compelling story, the Steering Committee became highly creative. In addition to the above listed programs, there is a high school essay contest with two $200 prizes, Greenwich restaurants featuring New Orleans specialties on their seasonal menus, and a book donation drive for the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich organized by the Greenwich Alliance for Education.
Opportunities are available for community organizations and volunteers to become involved in Greenwich Reads Together 2012. Those interested should contact Greenwich Reads Together co-chair Gail Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-661-0769.
For more information, or to view the complete program guide, please click here.