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2017 Resources

BOOK DISCUSSION AND PROGRAM RESOURCES

Visit the book's website and read biographical information about the authors.

Use this Book Discussion Guide with Questions as you and your group read and discuss the book. Hosting your first book discussion? Take a look at these Book Discussion Guidelines to keep the conversation flowing and on topic.

Explore Eastern Michigan University Library's Washtenaw Reads Research Guide.

Watch an interview with coauthor Kathryn J. Edin as originally seen on PBS Newshour.

A recap of the differences between President Clinton and Congress in the making of the 1996 Welfare Reform can be found here.

Read a 1997 Atlantic article by Peter Edelman who resigned from the Clinton Administration to protest the signing of the Welfare Reform Bill.

Watch How to Address Poverty with Kathryn J. Edin.

Kathryn J. Edin reads from the book at Johns Hopkins University beginning at the 4:35 mark in the video.

Kathryn J. Edin speaks at The City Club of Cleveland, beginning at the 4:29 mark in the video.

RELATED TOPICS

For further reading on topics from this year’s Washtenaw Reads selection, check out this Related Reading List.

Looking for even more related reading? Try some titles on this list from The Booklist Reader.

Want to share the themes of this year's read with your children or students? Use these lists of related titles for youth, compiled by Washtenaw County librarians.

Want to know what other books were considered for this year's Read? See our Bibliography.

Book blog Book Riot put together this list on Understanding America Through Books: Poverty.

EVENT PUBLICITY RESOURCES

Hosting a book discussion, Read program, or want to promote the Read? See our Posters Page for posters you can download and print to promote the Washtenaw Reads program or your own book discussion!

2016 Resources

BOOK DISCUSSION AND PROGRAM RESOURCES

You can find copies of The Book of Unknown Americans at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, and in area bookstores.

Visit the author's and the publisher's websites.

Use this Reader's Guide as you and your group read and discuss the book. Hosting your first book discussion? Take a look at these Book Discussion Guidelines to keep the conversation flowing and on topic.

Read a three-question interview with Cristina Henriquez about her book and take a look at her short piece, A Year in Reading 2015, to see her recommendations for the year.

Explore Eastern Michigan University Library's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Research Guides.

These Youth Reading Lists, created by the Ann Arbor District Library and the Ypsilanti District Library, allow younger readers to join in learning about themes from this year's Read. Look for expanded lists on the Ann Arbor District Library's website for Grades K–5 and Grades 6–8.

Inspired by the book, the #UnknownAmericans Project on Tumblr shares real Unknown Americans stories. Users can submit their own stories and photos related to how they came to the United States and what their lives are like now, and the stories and photos are shared on the internet to bring awareness to real Unknown Americans like the characters in the book.

The Ann Arbor District Library and Ypsilanti Library have been selected as grant recipients for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Visit AADL’s Latino Americans page for more details including screening times for the PBS series Latino Americans to be shown in both English and Spanish.

PODCASTS

Cristina Henriquez participated in the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival, and there she was joined in conversation by Coya Paz, artistic director of Free Street Theater.

Cristina also appeared on WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss The Book of Unknown Americans and its characters.

In this episode of Martin Bandyke Under Covers, Martin talks to music journalist Chris Morris about his book Los Lobos, which traces the long and genre-spanning four-decade career of the band famous for their chart-topping 1987 cover of "La Bamba."

RELATED TOPICS

LatinoStories.com features a list of Top Latino Films About Immigration

NBCLatino.com presents The Immigrant Experience Through Some Essential Movies

For more on Latino Immigration as an issue, read David G. Gutiérrez's An Historic Overview of Latino Immigration and the Demographic Transformation of the United States and examine Pew Research Center's Immigration page.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

PALMA (Proyecto Avance, Latino Mentoring Association), a tutoring group that helps Latino students in the Ann Arbor area with their schoolwork and adults with basic English as a Second Language instruction, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Ann Arbor Downtown Library.

EVENT PUBLICITY RESOURCES

Hosting a book discussion, Read program, or want to promote the Read? See our Posters Page for posters you can download and print to promote the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program or your own book discussion!

Suggest a Title For Washtenaw Reads 2018

Read a good book lately? Suggest it for our next Read!

The Washtenaw Reads screening team is meeting throughout the summer to select finalist titles for consideration.

• The writing should be engaging and thought-provoking.
• The subjects discussed should be accessible to readers throughout the community, high-school age and above.
• The length, price, and availability of the book should be suited to involvement by the general public.
• The book should be by a living author.
• Its treatment of issues should encourage readers to discuss the issues further with others, at home, work, reading clubs, and community events.
• Ideally, the subject should lead to constructive dialogues across our diverse communities.

How To Suggest A Title

To suggest a title for consideration, add a comment below (you must have a user account to comment) or visit the Washtenaw Reads Facebook page. Note: there is no fee, and you do not have to have an Ann Arbor District Library card to create a user account.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Suggest a Title: 2016

Suggest A Title For Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2016

Read a good book lately?

Suggest a book that you believe is a very good read to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads planning committees and your suggestion just might be the pick for the upcoming Reads (which will take place in January & February 2016). The book selected can be a work of fiction or non fiction.

Committees will be meeting over the summer to consider hundreds of possible titles – and they want your help!

You can suggest a title by commenting below .

Book Selection

• The writing should be engaging and thought-provoking.
• The subjects discussed should be accessible to readers throughout the community, high-school age and above.
• The length, price, and availability of the book should be suited to involvement by the general public.
• The book should be by a living author.
• Its treatment of issues should encourage readers to discuss the issues further with others, at home, work, reading clubs, and community events.
• Ideally, the subject should lead to constructive dialogues across our diverse communities.

Suggest a title by June 15 and it will be considered for selection!

2015 Resources

BOOK DISCUSSION AND EVENT RESOURCES

Visit the author's and the publisher's websites.

Use this Guide as you and your group read and discuss the book.

Explore Eastern Michigan University Library's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Research Guides.

You can find copies of A Tale for the Time Being at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library and in area bookstores.

Ann Arbor District Library Catalog Ypsilanti District Library Catalog

Printable Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads Posters for your event and for the Wednesday, February 11 author appearance at Rackham Auditorium

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Other works of fiction suggested or considered for this year's theme of A Very Good Read.

RELATED RESOURCES FOR YOUTH

This Youth Reading List, created by the Ann Arbor District Library and Ypsilanti District Library.

You can find expanded Youth lists on the AADL website for grades K-5 and grades 6-8 The lists were created by the Ann Arbor District Library and the Ypsilanti District Library.

Suggest a Title

Suggest A Title For This Year's A Very Good Read

Read a good book lately? Suggest a book to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads planning committees and your suggestion just might be the pick for the upcoming Reads (which will take place in January & February 2015).

This year’s theme is "A Very Good Read" and the book selected can be a work of fiction or non fiction.

Committees will be meeting over the summer to consider hundreds of possible titles – and they want your help!

You can suggest a title by commenting below, or by stopping by any Ann Arbor District Library or Ypsilanti District Library location. Suggest a title by July 7 and it will be considered for selection!

Book Selection

• The writing should be engaging and thought-provoking.
• The subjects discussed should be accessible to readers throughout the community, high-school age and above.
• The length, price, and availability of the book should be suited to involvement by the general public.
• The book should be by a living author.
• Its treatment of issues should encourage readers to discuss the issues further with others, at home, work, reading clubs, and community events.
• Ideally, the subject should lead to constructive dialogues across our diverse communities.

Don't forget to submit your book suggestion in one of the libraries or as a comment below before July 7th!

Resources

Reviews of and commentary on Homegoing:

A review of Homegoing from The New Yorker

Review of and commentary on Homegoing from TIME

Hear Yaa Gyasi read from Homegoing at the National Book Foundation's 2016 5 Under 35 Celebration

Read and listen to a review of Homegoing from NPR's Fresh Air

Discussion questions and reading guides:

Check out the Homegoing Reader's Guide from Penguin Random House.

Peruse the Book Discussion Guidelines the Washtenaw Reads committee has compiled to help keep your discussions on topic!

Comic Artists Forum with Cartoonist and Children’s Book Illustrator Dani Jones

Sunday, January 6 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown Library | 4th Floor Meeting Room

Via Skype, cartoonist Dani Jones will tell us about the joys, challenges, and tricks of juggling work as both a comics creator and as a children's book illustrator.

Dani has created and published her own comics stories, My Sister, the Freak, an ongoing webcomic, and Frosty the Gourdman, a Halloween short story comic. She recently wrote and illustrated the picture book, Monsters vs. Kittens for Stan Lee's Kids Universe and has illustrated other picture books including The Best Mariachi in the World, and Elfis, A Christmas Tale.

Join the Forum to get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation. Drawing supplies are provided, so drop in to draw, learn, and network with other cartoonists.

Resources

BOOK DISCUSSION AND EVENT RESOURCES

Ruta Sepetys talks to AADL about Between Shades of Gray in this podcast.

Ruta Sepetys discusses Between Shades of Gray, her Lithuanian heritage, and the fate of the Baltic people under Stalin in an online video.

Read Current Magazine's interview with Ruta Sepetys.

Visit the author's and book's websites.

Use this Guide as you and your group read and discuss the book.

Explore Eastern Michigan University Library's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Research Guides.

You can find copies of Between Shades of Gray at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library and in area bookstores.

Ann Arbor District Library Catalog                Ypsilanti District Library Catalog

Printable Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads Posters for your event and for the Tuesday, January 21 author appearance at Washtenaw Community College

BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Other works of fiction considered for this year's theme of A Very Good Read.

Other titles suggested by the public.

RELATED RESOURCES FOR YOUTH

This Youth Reading List - Created by the Ann Arbor District Library and the Ypsilanti District Library - further explores the theme of "Youth in Crisis" in Soviet Russia and other locales.

You can find expanded Youth lists on the AADL website for grades K-5 and grades 6-8.

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