BROOKLINE READS 2015 SELECTS EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU BY CELESTE NG

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet…” Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng’s exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio, begins with these startling words.

A gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait that explores divisions between cultures, Everything I Never Told You is the selection for this year’s Brookline Reads, the Brookline Library’s town-wide reading event.

Everything I Never Told You is Cambridge-based author Celeste Ng’s first novel. It was named Amazon’s Best Book of 2014, has spent more than twelve weeks on the New York Times’s bestseller list, and was described in the Times as “a deep, heartfelt portrait of a family struggling with its place in history. . .a novel about the burden of being the first of your kind—a burden you do not always survive.”

The ideas raised in this thought-provoking and suspenseful novel will be the focus of a series of Brookline Reads programs this October.

On October 27, Ng will be in Brookline to discuss her book. “An Evening with Celeste Ng,” the culminating event of Brookline Reads, will take place in the auditorium of Pierce School at 50 School Street, beginning at 7 PM (doors open at 6:30) and all are welcome.

Several exciting events lead up to Ng’s presentation.

On October 5, The Rev. Liz Walker, award-winning TV journalist, humanitarian, and Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, will moderate the panel discussion, “Chasing Expectations,” focusing on issues of bias, identity, and the pressures to belong. She will be joined by Robin Brenner, Brookline’s teen librarian; Chris Chanyasulkit of the Mass. Asian-American Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women; and Nadia Chamblin-Foster, Director of Steps to Success, Brookline’s achievement program for low-income students. The discussion will begin at 7 PM in Hunneman Hall at the Main Library.

On October 15, the Brookline Senior Center, in partnership with Brookline Reads, will show the film “Eat Drink Man Woman,” directed by Ang Lee. The film will be screened at the Coolidge Corner Library at 1 PM; refreshments will be served.

On October 21, Stephen Hull, Acquisitions Editor for the University Press of New England, will lead a conversation with author and editor Francesca Coltrera, acclaimed first-time novelist Patricia Park, and literary agent Janet Silver, about getting a first book published. “You Wrote a Book—Now What? Publishing Insiders Tell All,” will take place in Hunneman Hall beginning at 7 PM.

Brookline Booksmith will sell discounted copies of Everything I Never Told You as well as of Park’s debut novel, Re Jane, during the month of October.   Books will also be for sale at “An Evening with Celeste Ng” on October 27 and at “So You’ve Written Your First Novel,” the panel discussion on October 21.

Brookline Reads is sponsored by the Trustees of the Brookline Library. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please see the Library’s website http://www.brooklinelibrary.org/get/

The Town of Brookline does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services, or activities. Individuals, who are in need of auxiliary aids for effective communication in Town programs and services, may make their needs known to Robert Sneirson, at (617) 730-2328. Those who need effective communication services should dial 711 and ask the operator to dial the relevant Town Department.

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William Landay is coming! 3/12, 7 pm at the Brookline High School

William Landay, author of New York Times best-selling novel Defending Jacob, will be in Brookline for the culminating event of “Brookline Reads,” the community’s popular town-wide celebration of books and reading.

On Wednesday March 12, Landay will speak about his novel, this year’s Brookline Read’s slection at the Brookline High School Auditorium in a program sponsored by the Trustees of the Public Library of Brookline.

A novel that writer Stephen King has called “the best courtroom drama in years” and Times critic Janet Maslin described as “an issue-oriented family implosion,” Defending Jacob tells the story of a 14-year old boy accused of murdering a classmate, and of his father, a successful district attorney, who is drawn into his defense.

Full of intriguing plot twists and shocking revelations, the book also asks its readers to face complex issues about mental health, morality, and the responsibilities of parents to their children and the broader society.  As Mr. Landay said in a recent interview, “My real goal was to write a story that honors both the reader’s intellect and the desire to be entertained. My story gets at what it means to come to terms with parenting, growing up, and even one’s own childhood.”

Mr. Landay, like his protagonist, Andy Barber, a Yale and Boston College educated former prosecutor, will talk about how he became a novelist after many years of practicing law, and how he came to write Defending Jacob, set in Newton and featuring many local landmarks that make the story strike chillingly close to home.

Join William Landay and the Trustees of the Brookline Public Library for the grand finale of Brookline Reads 2014.  Spend a rewarding “Evening with William Landay” on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 PM in the Brookline High School Auditorium.  Mr. Landay has graciously offered to sign books at the event.  Admission is free; doors open at 6:30.

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Defending Jacob Panel, 2/24/2014

Defending Jacob Panel, 2/24/2014

Dr. Ron Schouten of MGH answers a question posed by moderator Hank Phillippi Ryan.

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Congratulations to our winners of DEFENDING JACOB!

Our book winners were announced on Friday from Twitter, email, and drawings at the libraries and Senior Center!   It’s time for everyone to get reading – our panel discussion is 2/24!

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WIN DEFENDING JACOB!!

WIN A COPY OF THIS YEAR’S BROOKLINE READS SELECTION

WILLIAM LANDAY’S BESTSELLING NOVEL, DEFENDING JACOB

 

There are three ways to win:

1) Enter at your local branch of the Brookline Public Library

2) Email windefendingjacob@gmail.com

3) Retweet Brookline Reads-related tweets from @brklib

 

Winners will be chosen at noon on February 14th.  Books can be picked-up after the drawing at the branch library used to enter OR Main Library if entered on-line.

 

 

 

 

http://www.brooklinelibrary.org/get/brookline-reads

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BROOKLINE READS 2014 TO FEATURE DEFENDING JACOB BY WILLIAM LANDAY

How well do we know our children? Are some of us just born bad? Is there a murder gene? These are some of the provocative questions raised by local lawyer-turned-author William Landay in his critically acclaimed novel Defending Jacob.

The Trustees of the Brookline Public Library are pleased to announce the selection of Defending Jacob as the focus of this year’s Brookline Reads, a month-long, town-wide celebration in which the community chooses one book to read and discuss together.

Previous Brookline Reads selections include The Dirty Life and The Imperfectionists. A New York Times best seller, Defending Jacob has been hailed by critics as “the best crime-and-courtroom drama in years” and “a powerful portrayal of a family, a crime, and a community.”

The subjects treated in this suspenseful and thought-provoking book—issues of juvenile justice but also of parenting, of conflicting loyalties, and of the nature of evil—will be examined in a series of Brookline Reads events, all of which are free and open to the public.

Landay will be in Brookline to discuss his novel on March 12. “An Evening with William Landay” is the culminating event of Brookline Reads, now in its tenth year. All are invited to join the author in the auditorium of Brookline High School at 7 PM (doors will open at 6:30).

Set in Newton, Defending Jacob tells the story of Andy Barber, a respected prosecutor and loving husband and father who is suddenly thrust into a disturbing murder case. The victim is a 14-year-old high school student; the accused is Jacob, a classmate of the victim’s—and Barber’s son.

The subjects treated in this suspenseful and thought-provoking book—issues of juvenile justice but also of parenting, of conflicting loyalties, and of the nature of evil—will be examined in a series of Brookline Reads events, all of which are free and open to the public.

On February 24, investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan will lead a conversation entitled, “Born to Be Bad? Ethics, Parenting, and the Law.” Her fellow-panelists—an attorney, a judge, and two psychiatrists—share expertise in the legal, emotional, parental, and ethical issues surrounding violent juveniles. Ryan, herself a renowned mystery writer, will bring a reporter’s and author’s perspective to the panel, and will invite questions from the public. The discussion will take place in Hunneman Hall of the Main Library, beginning at 7 PM.

Between February 24 and March 20, all three libraries and the Senior Center will host book groups discussing Defending Jacob. Brookline Reads will also sponsor two film screenings at the Coolidge Corner Library. The Bad Seed will be shown at 1 PM on February 27, with a discussion to follow; this event is co-sponsored by the Senior Center. On March 6 at 7 PM, Brookline Reads will show The Good Son, which stars Macaulay Caulkin as a boy with a pathological preoccupation with violence and death.

Brookline Reads is sponsored by the Trustees of the Brookline Public Library. All events are free and open to the public. For additional information, please see the Brookline Reads section of library ‘s website http://www.brooklinelibrary.org/

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Thank you!

Our finale panel discussion was a great success! The nearly 70 people who attended were treated to a lively and informative discussion of this year’s theme, “Where and from whom does information originate?”

A special thanks to the members of the panel: Lynn Sweet, Callie Crossly, Erin Clossey, and Joshua Benton; and our moderator, Alex Jones.

Thank you to Brookline Access Television for broadcasting the event.

And many thanks to you, Brookline citizens who participated in book groups, attended movie screenings and other events, and added your voice to the discussion!

See you next year.

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