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Greenwich Reads Together Program Lineup Announced

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The Steering Committee for Greenwich Reads Together 2013 has released the program lineup for this year's book, When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Throughout the month of April, the Greenwich community will have multiple opportunities to engage in activities centered around the book. The lineup covers a wide variety of material including a visit from author Otsuka. Additional programs feature first-hand accounts of internment, traditional Japanese music and crafts, as well as a panel discussion including renowned names from news and academia. 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. 

Click here to see the complete list of programs and discussion groups.

Greenwich Reads Together 2013 is supported by Lead Sponsor Wiggin and Dana, LLP as well as Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities, Friends of Greenwich Library, Greenwich Library Board of Trustees, Dr. Laura and Mr. Robert Glanville, Rotary Club of Greenwich and Whole Foods Market Greenwich. 

Visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org to find book, film and music suggestions for further exploration, as well as discussion guides, links to interviews with the author and much more. 

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About the book and author 
On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her home, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert. In this lean and devastatingly evocative novel, Julie Otsuka tells their story from five flawlessly realized points of view and conveys the exact emotional texture of their experience: the thin-walled barracks and barbed-wire fences, the omnipresent fear and loneliness, the unheralded feats of heroism, When the Emperor was Divine is a work of enormous power that makes a shameful episode of our history as immediate as today's headlines. Author Julie Otsuka is a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and, most recently, she was awarded Frances Femina Foreign Novel prize. Her book The Buddha in the Attic won the PEN/ Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. 


About Greenwich Reads Together 
Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Several community organizations are leading this initiative including Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public Schools and private schools and Friends of Greenwich Library. Last spring, almost 20 community organizations and more than 3,000 Greenwich residents participated in events. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. Greenwich Reads Together 2013 is supported by Lead Sponsor Wiggin and Dana, LLP as well as Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities, Friends of Greenwich Library, Greenwich Library Board of Trustees, Dr. Laura and Mr. Robert Glanville, Rotary Club of Greenwich and Whole Foods Market Greenwich. For more information, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org.

GRT 2013 Student Essay Contest

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The Rotary Club of Greenwich will sponsor an essay contest for students attending Greenwich public and independent schools in grades 6-12. Two cash prizes of $250 will be awarded at a Greenwich Reads Together event in two categories (6-8th grades and 9-12th grades). 

The 2013 GRT Essay Question is: How does your reading of When the Emperor was Divine (or Eyes of the Emperor) affect your thinking about prejudice toward immigrants and other minorities in the United States today? In your response, you may want to consider other historical moments of scapegoating. 

Essays will be evaluated for clarity of expression, persuasiveness, and originality. Essays must be double-spaced, 1,000 words or less (exclusive of any citations), and submitted as a Word Document via e-mail on or before Wednesday, April 24 to GRTcontest@gmail.com. For full details, please click here

About Greenwich Reads Together 
Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Several community organizations are leading this initiative including Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public Schools and private schools and Friends of Greenwich Library. Last spring, almost 20 community organizations and more than 3,000 Greenwich residents participated in events. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. Greenwich Reads Together 2013 is supported by Lead Sponsor Wiggin and Dana, LLP as well as Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities, Friends of Greenwich Library, Greenwich Library Board of Trustees, Dr. Laura and Mr. Robert Glanville, Rotary Club of Greenwich and Whole Foods Market Greenwich. For more information, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org
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Bob Smith will lead weekly discussions of Shakespeare's The Tempest at Greenwich Library starting Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium. 

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Most historians agree that The Tempest is based on the miraculous survival of the crew of the Sea Venture, a ship whose passengers were the very first of the millions that have wintered in Bermuda. So, in the spring of 1609, Shakespeare started writing the amazing storm that opens The Tempest

This is a magical, expansive, poetically potent masterpiece. "We are such stuff as dreams are made on..." 

The five-week program will be followed by the extraordinary 2010 film of the play starring Christopher Plummer, Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. (2 hrs. 11 min.) The group will not meet on Wednesday, May 1. 

Library Journal called Bob Smith "the teacher we all should have had to introduce us to Shakespeare." The Boston Globe called him "inspired and inspiring." 

The program is free and open to all. The Shakespeare series is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Copies of the play will be provided. For more information, please contact Matthew Sgritta at (203) 622-7972.

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Great Decisions Series: Iran in Context

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The Great Decisions series will feature Erica Ehrenberg, Executive Director of the American Institute of Iranian Studies on Monday, April 29 in the Cole Auditorium at 7 pm. The series is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Forum and Greenwich Library.

Ehrenberg has served for the past decade as Executive Director of the American Institute of Iranian Studies. The American Institute of Iranian Studies is a non-profit consortium of US universities and museums, founded in 1967, to promote the interdisciplinary study of Iranian civilization and US-Iran dialogue. It serves as the main conduit for academic and cultural exchange between Iran and the US. She holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD in Near Eastern art and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. 

Free and open to all, but seating is limited in the Cole Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. For more information, please contact the World Affairs Forum at (203) 356-0340 or info@worldaffairsforum.org.
The Friends of Greenwich Library's Poet's Voice series will present Ron Padgett, a celebrated poet, translator and memoirist, on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Along with Ted Berrigan and others, Padgett reinvented the New York School of Poetry in the mid-1960s. He has published over fourteen books, including Great Balls of Fire and is regarded as the definitive translator of Blaise Cendrars and Apollinaire. Padgett's book of poetry, How Long, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. 

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His poetry has been translated into fourteen languages and has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Poetry 180, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, and The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. Padgett is also a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the winner of the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award. 

The Poet's Voice, now in its 36th season, is supported in Greenwich by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund and the Friends of Greenwich Library. The reading is free and all are invited to attend. Please contact Alice Bonvenuto for more information (203) 622-7919. 

Libraries open today

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Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will be open today for normal scheduled hours. Please use caution when making your way to the Library.
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