Monday, October 18, 2010

THIS WEDS: Dave Eggers FREE in Sacramento, in support of Sacramento Library's One Book Sacramento

Dear Writers, Dear Readers:

This is another special week for you! If you're a fan of Dave Eggers, listen up: you can see and hear him talk about his work **FOR FREE** this Wednesday night at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento!

To mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Sacramento Public Library has named the book Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, as the book selected for the 2010 One Book Sacramento: Connecting Our Communities project.

About Zeitoun
Zeitoun is a nonfiction account of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a successful Syrian-born painting contractor, who stays in New Orleans to protect his property and help his neighbors while his family flees during Hurricane Katrina. After the storm, the book’s central character travels the flooded city in a secondhand canoe rescuing neighbors, caring for abandoned pets, and distributing fresh water. However, Zeitoun is wrongly arrested and is accused of being a member of al-Qaida and sees that his race and culture may explain his predicament. The book addresses social and cultural issues plaguing our society.

About Zeitoun's Author, Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers is the author of numerous books, including the memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and the novel What Is the What, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. In 2009, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. He is also the founder of a nationwide group of nonprofit, drop-in, writing and tutoring centers for youth and a co-screenwriter for the 2009 films Where the Wild Things Are and Away We Go.

Meet the Author!
Mr. Eggers will discuss his writings at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 20, at a free program at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento. Egger’s appearance is presented in conjunction with California Lectures and The Sacramento Bee. Both are presenting partners with the Sacramento Public Library for this year’s One Book Sacramento: Connecting Our Communities.
Doors will open at 6:45 pm. This is a non-ticketed event, so be sure to arrive early! For more info, visit the Sacramento Public Library website.

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