ANN ARBOR/YPSILANTI READS AUTHOR
APPEARS AT TOWSLEY AUDITORIUM AT WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21
To Discuss This Year’s Reads Book
“BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY”
As Well As Sign Copies of Her Book
The Event Will Occur From 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Doors Open At 6:00 pm
The international bestseller Between Shades Of Gray by former Michigan resident Ruta Sepetys is the 2014 selection for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. On Tuesday evening, January 21, the author will make a special appearance at the annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads opening event at Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College.
The public program will occur from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Doors will open at 6 pm to offer the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and connect with community agencies and representatives who will be staffing information tables in the lobby. Copies of Between Shades Of Gray will be for sale, courtesy of Barnes & Noble, and the event will include a book signing.
Ruta Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. The nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia disappeared from maps in 1941 and did not reappear until 1990. As this is a story seldom told, Ruta wanted to give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their lives during Stalin's cleansing of the Baltic region.
Between Shades Of Gray, her the 2011 debut novel, was a New York Times Notable Book, a Carnegie Medal Nominee, and the winner of the Golden Kite Award, as well as the recipient of a multitude of national and international awards. Based on survivor stories of the genocide of Baltic people, it has become an international bestseller and translated into more than 27 languages.
Between Shades Of Gray is the story of fifteen-year-old Lina, a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives.
Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive? This powerful tale of heartbreak and hope is sure to haunt readers long after they finish the last page.
Born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers, Ruta lives with her family in Tennessee. Between Shades of Gray, her first novel, was inspired by her family's history in Lithuania and is published in 40 countries. Her new novel, Out of the Easy is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. A historical tale of secrets and lies, Out of the Easy is a story of identity, family, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
ANN ARBOR/YPSILANTI READS
Library, University and community representatives from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have modeled the read after the previous eleven reads which focused on the books Abraham Lincoln’s DNA (2003); “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race (2004); Leo Africanus (2005); The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time (2006); Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest Of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The World (2007); The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute To His Toisanese Mother (2008); Seeing In The Dark: How Amateur Astronomers Are Discovering The Wonders Of The Universe (2009); The Living Great Lakes: Searching For The Heart Of The Inland Seas (2010); Life Is So Good (2011), Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Mind Of An Autistic Savant (2012) and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness (2013).
A five-member panel: musician Mark Braun (Mr. B), radio and TV personality Lucy Ann Lance, Ann Arbor Chronicle publisher Mary Morgan, Ann Arbor City Council Member Sally Petersen, and Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schrieber - chose this year's book from two finalists.
Copies of the book are available at all Ann Arbor District Library and Ypsilanti District Library sites and at area bookstores.
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads has been coordinated by several area organizations, including the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Nicola’s Books, Barnes & Noble, Literati Bookstore, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, and many others.
Washtenaw Community College is located at 4800 Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor Township. For more information about Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads or this event call the Ann Arbor District Library at 734-327-4555.