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News: Pasadena chooses People of the Book for One City, One Story Program

The City of Pasadena has chosen Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks’ novel, “People of the Book,” for its One City, One Story selection this year. Inspired by the true story of the Sarajevo Haggadah, “People of the Book” takes the reader through five centuries of history, with the protagonist being the book itself.

Programs will be held throughout March on the book, including related topics. Three events will take place at Pasadena City College. The public is welcome.

Beginning March 2, Dr. Peter Brier, professor emeritus at Cal State Los Angeles, will discuss “The Relevance of the Haggadah in the World Today” in PCC’s Circadian, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be a question and answer period after the lecture.

On March 9, professor Hamid Mavani of the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University will speak about “The Koran and Spiritual Texts” in PCC’s Creveling Lounge, from 10 a.m. to noon.

And on March 22, Brooks will be at PCC to speak about her experiences writing historical fiction. Her presentation will be held in Creveling Lounge, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Brooks will be available to answer questions and to sign books after the event. Copies of “People of the Book” will be for sale on site as well.

Beginning Feb. 21, the PCC Shatford Library will be giving away copies of the book for the first two weeks of school, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, call (626) 585-7833.

Release Date: 02/27/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: jfgutierrez@pasadena.edu