San Leandro Library Receives $14,000 Big Read Grant

Mayor Stephen Cassidy

Mayor Stephen Cassidy has announced that the San Leandro Public Library has received its fourth consecutive Big Read Grant. The $14,000 grant will be used to provide opportunities for the community to read “The Namesake,” written by Jhumpa Lahiri, and participate in activities relating to the book from January to April of 2014. “We are tremendously grateful to the organizations that sponsor the Big Read. The program promotes reading and literacy, fosters a broader understanding of the rich and diverse traditions of the people of San Leandro and brings our community together for fascinating art and cultural programs,” said Cassidy. This year’s 2013 Big Read, Zora Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” was highly successful with over 200 participants meeting in book discussion groups. Next year’s 2014 choice of  “The Namesake” will provide interesting activities in addition to book group discussions. Field trips, panel discussions, exhibits, films, lectures and demonstrations will all help the readers connect to the culture. Moving between events in Calcutta, Boston, and New York City, the novel examines life between two cultures with highly distinct religious, social, and ideological differences – India and the United States. Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies” established her as one the most brilliant writers of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works and only a handful of collections to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In “The Namesake,” Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the complicated ties between generations. For more information, call Addie Silveira at (510) 577-3991.
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