Vote for Reyna's Book
I received the following email from Reyna Grande. Let's help her get her book noticed in Green Bay by going to the website below and voting for it. Vote early and vote often!
I just found out that Across a Hundred Mountains has been chosen by Green Bay, Wisconsin as a finalist for their "one book/one city" program. Please help my book get chosen by clicking on this link and choosing my book!!!! The dateline is May 15.
Here's the article:
Readers invited to pick next book for diversity discussion
One Book, One Community opens voting to residents
By Kelly McBride firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers of the One Book, One Community initiative are asking area readers to pick their next selection.
The community reading program is starting its third go-round for our area, and organizers plan to decide on the next selection before the end of the school year.
One Book, One Community seeks to facilitate dialogue around issues of diversity by choosing a book centered on such a theme, said Melissa Olm, manager of the Reader's Loft. Once a new selection is chosen, readers can choose from a number of opportunities to discuss the book.
"Having everyone engaged in a conversation around one particular book is a starting point for the bigger conversation on diversity issues," Olm said. "The attendance at the events has just been phenomenal."
After starting out with "Of Beetles and Angels" by Mawi Asgedom, program participants now are reading "Night," a Holocaust memoir by Elie Wiesel. An art exhibit opening Thursday at the Brown County Central Library will highlight some of the themes related to the book, said Sue Premo of the Volunteer Center of Brown County.
"The idea behind the exhibit was to draw attention to and reading of 'Night' by Elie Wiesel," Premo said. "And also to draw attention to some of the lessons of the book."
In the past, the books inspiring such community events have been chosen by the One Book, One Community committee, said Jaime Leick, a local freelance writer. But this time around, readers can decide among four choices by voting online now through May 15.
The options are "Freedom Writer's Diary," by Erin Gruwell; "The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child," by Francisco Jimenez; "G-Dog and the Homeboys: Fr. Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles," by Celeste Fremon; or "Across a Hundred Mountains," by Reyna Grande.
Whichever book voters choose, the next selection will provide a good chance to talk about diversity in a changing community, Premo said.
"Anything that gets the community engaged in intelligent conversations is going to help all of us," she said. "Anything that breaks down barriers and increases understanding of one another as human beings. We're more alike than we're different."