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One Book, One Holliston

by Leslie McDonnell

A book discussion for teens will be presented as part of One Book, One Holliston on Monday, February 1 at 3:30 pm at the Holliston Public Library.  The book, which is appropriate for grade six and up, is Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose. 

It is the true story of a teenager who challenged segregation in the deep South before Rosa Parks and was a 2009 National Book award winner for young adults.  One Book, One Holliston is an annual community reading program that encourages all of Holliston to read the same book at the same time. 

Teen participants are asked to read this book, copies of which are available to borrow from the library with a valid library card, and attend the discussion, contributing their thoughts or just listening.   For more
information, call 508-429-0617.  

Other One Book, One Holliston Programs:

The Friends of the Holliston Public Library will present a month of displays and programs as part of One Book, One Holliston, an annual community reading program that encourages all of Holliston to read the same book at the same time.  The 2010 selection is Mudbound, Hillary Jordan’s award-winning novel of the deep South after WWWII. Mudbound takes place in the Mississippi Delta in 1946 and centers on two farming families, one white and land-owning, the other black tenant farmers.  The catalyst for change in a society ruled by segregation comes in the form of men returning from war and finding the hatred they fought in Europe alive and well in America.  

On Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 pm, the PBS documentary, Fatal Flood will be shown.  The film tells the true story of the devastating Mississippi flood of 1927 mentioned in Mudbound.  The flood, which has eerie echoes of Hurricane Katrina, was not only a natural disaster but a human one.  African-Americans were denied food and relief supplies and forced at gunpoint to rebuild levees as white plantation owners feared losing their supply of labor.  At 7:30, Wheaton College professor of history, Dolita Cathcart, will speak about Jim Crow in America and its shameful history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.  

On Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 Fatal Flood will be shown again, followed by a discussion of Mudbound at 7:30.  Participants are asked to read the book and bring their questions and ideas to share or simply listen.  The group will speak with the author, Hillary Jordan, by telephone about how she came to write the book and what she is working on now.

Contact: Leslie McDonnell, 508-429-0617
Holliston Public Library, 752 Washington Street