Wednesday, May 25, 2011

UPDATE: Books, books and a few more books

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Just a note: Nicholas Carr's book, The Shallows, was released in 2010 in hardcover. The "yet-to-be-released" June 6 title is the paperback version.

——— ORIGINAL POST: Friday, May 20, 6:04 p.m. ———

In this week's issue of the Indy, Claire Swinford offers up a fantastic list of books for you to read this summer.

We'd like to suggest three more titles so you can get a jump on All Pikes Peak Reads, the Pikes Peak Library District's 10th annual "community-wide effort to improve literacy and foster dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines."

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Though APPR doesn't actually get underway until the What-If Festival Sept. 10, PPLD recently announced this year's books: the award-winning young adult novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the yet-to-be-released non-fiction piece The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, and the PPLD-reprinted 1929 The Pioneer Photographer by William Henry Jackson and Howard Driggs.

Smart choice on Hunger Games, as it's the first of a trilogy — if you want to encourage reading, get the people hooked on something they'll need to read nearly 900 more pages of to actually finish. That, and it'll be a great prep if they wanted to host a Read the Book, See the Movie event next March when Lionsgate — which begins filming the big screen version next week — premieres Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Carr's latest title doesn't release until June 6, but as there's been lots of chatter across the Internet on what that same 'net is actually doing to our brains, The Shallows, from the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, should be a fascinating read.

Check out Carr's philosophy in this Big Think video:

For more details on APPR, here's PPLD's press release:

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 13, 2011) — Readers in the Pikes Peak region will explore the influence of the media on our lives with this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads selections.

Pikes Peak Library District announced the 2011 selections at East Library in Colorado Springs on Friday. The titles are: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; The Shallows by Nicholas Carr; and The Pioneer Photographer by William Henry Jackson and Howard Driggs.

APPR is a community-wide effort to improve literacy and foster dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines. Author visits, art exhibits, book discussion groups, children’s programs, film screenings, and other APPR-themed events will be offered at PPLD and other community sites.

“This program connects the library district to the community in so many important ways,” said Dee Vazquez, co-chair of All Pikes Peak Reads. “It touches readers, writers, learners, children, teens, adults, seniors … it truly belongs to everyone.”

In the fiction selection The Hunger Games, the United States has collapsed after a war, only to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to kill their competitors, with all citizens required to watch. The novel is an incisive exploration of the struggle for personal independence in a society monitored and closely controlled by a big brother-like government.The Hunger Games has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than 60 weeks in a row and author Suzanne Collins was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2010.

With the assistance of community partners, APPR will bring author Nicholas Carr to Colorado Springs to speak during the project in October. Carr’s nonfiction work The Shallows investigates technology’s effect on our minds, and in particular, the effect the Internet has on our ability to concentrate and think deeply. The book has earned the prestige of being named a finalist in General Nonfiction for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.

The third selection, The Pioneer Photographer, documents William Henry Jackson’s love for the outdoors and his adventurous life photographing the Rocky Mountain West during the late 1860s and 1870s. His meticulous descriptions of the rugged and treacherous landscapes, and the efforts required for capturing the images on glass plates, edify the reader about the enormous challenges presented by early photographic technology.

The six-week program begins with a kick-off event September 10 at the Pikes Peak Center as part of the second annual What IF Festival. The festival was developed by a team of businesses, nonprofits, and educators to shine the light on diverse forms of innovation and creativity in the Pikes Peak region, and to help foster a more connected community. Schools, businesses, artists and others are being sought to participate in this year’s festival. More information is available at whatif-festival.org.

About APPR
All Pikes Peak Reads, now in its 10th year, was one of Colorado’s first community-wide reading programs, and has set itself apart from other “one book” programs around the country by incorporating original adaptations for the stage as well as curriculum guides for local classrooms.

The program is modeled after similar one-book projects in cities like Chicago. APPR debuted in 2002 and has quickly become a local institution.

The APPR selections are chosen based on the following criteria: the book must have broad appeal; be suitable for adaptation to the stage; be written at a sixth- to ninth-grade reading level; be a book in print; be available in multiple formats; and contain issues relevant to residents of the Pikes Peak region.

Past selections include: The Devil in the White City (2010), Rocket Boys (2009), The Worst Hard Time (2008), Zorro (2007), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2006), Tales from the Arabian Nights (2005), Treasure Island(2004), Frankenstein (2003), and To Kill a Mockingbird (2002).

Book selections in multiple formats will be available at PPLD libraries and through local bookstore partners. Book discussion materials and curriculum guides for elementary, middle, and high schools are also under development.

2011 APPR Programs & Activities
With the help of 30 community partner organizations, 13 public school districts, and private school partners, All Pikes Peak Reads engages thousands of residents in El Paso County in historical, cultural, and literary exploration of a work of fiction that presents significant issues pertinent to our society. This year’s lineup of events includes an offering of theater, performances and exhibits, author presentations, and more.

As part of this year’s Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium, “Film & Photography on the Front Range,” the Special Collections Department of Pikes Peak Library District is republishing the long-out-of-print The Pioneer Photographer by William Henry Jackson and Howard Driggs. The book will be released at the symposium on Saturday, June 11 at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Books will be available for a 15 percent discount at the event. No reservations are required, however seating is limited.

THEATREWORKS at UCCS will partner with the library for the 10th consecutive year. Performances of The 39 Steps will run September 15 - October 9 in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater. The production will explore this year’s theme when a cast of four re-enacts Hitchcock’s classic spy movie.

Additional programs scheduled with community partners include:
Film screenings and scholarly presentations at PPLD, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College, and various community centers
Manitou Art Theater productions at the MAT, in schools, and in libraries throughout the community
Original productions on KCME, 88.7 FM

Sponsorships for this year’s Read are being finalized, and partnerships will include The Gazette, KCME, Colorado College, UCCS, bookstores, performing arts groups, schools, and various community service providers. A complete schedule of events related to All Pikes Peak Reads 2011 will be published this fall in The Gazette, Colorado Springs Independent, and on PPLD’s website at ppld.org.

For additional information, please visit the official website at ppld.org.

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