Nahant Reads Together: Caleb’s Crossing, a town-wide read of one book to encourage dialog about current issues

Mar 03 2018 12:00 PM

Hosted by: Nahan
Nahant Public Library
15 Pleasant Street , Nahant
781-581-0306

Nahanters and readers everywhere are invited to participate in the next Nahant Reads Together, a town-wide project to read one book and engage in community conversation. This season’s book is Caleb’s Crossing, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. This novel about Colonial America will be used to spark conversation about the makeup of the American character today.


Nahant Reads, Talks about America

 

Nahanters and readers everywhere are invited to participate in the next Nahant Reads Together, a town-wide project to read one book and engage in community conversation. This season’s book is Caleb’s Crossing, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. This novel about Colonial America will be used to spark conversation about the makeup of the American character today.

 

Multiple copies of the book have arrived at the library for borrowing, and may be signed out with or without a library card. Activities begin on Saturday, March 3, as the classic film “To Kill a Mockingbird” leads off four films about American justice, independence, the melting pot, and opportunity.

 

On Sunday, March 4 at 4:00, US District Judge and author Michael Ponsor will speak on “Justice and the American Character.” As a federal district judge in Massachusetts, he is one of the few to oversee a death penalty case, and he reflects on the experience in his first novel, The Hanging Judge. His more recent novel, The One-Eyed Judge, explores sex-related crimes. The audience may ask questions and purchase his books following the talk.

 

The classic films series will continue on Saturdays, with “The Joy Luck Club” on March 10, “True Grit” on March 24, and “The Great Gatsby” on March 31. All films are free, with popcorn and soda for 50 cents.

 

On Sunday, March 11, Director Sharon Hawkes will explore “Who Are Nahanters?” using the Mass. Memories Road Show archive created last year. On March 25, she will lead a discussion of Caleb’s Crossing juxtaposed with the Norman Rockwell illustration of FDR’s “Four Freedoms.”      

 

“What makes America great?” asked Library Director Sharon Hawkes. “We talk about being great a lot, but I would like to think more deeply about what that actually means. I believe our history contributed to our society today, so I hope the book, speaker, films, and discussions will help us think about what we should keep for the future.”

 

All events are free and registration is not required. For further information, contact the Library at 781-581-0306.