Since 2004, the city of Richardson has selected a book each year, for the entire city to read!
"The goals of Richardson Reads One Book are to build community participation in an annual program that selects and reads one particular book that is carefully chosen for its general interest as well as for its timely, thought-provoking issues; and to encourage citizens of our richly diverse community to come together to openly discuss the book and the issues it raises. The book will be accessible to high school as well as to adult audiences." - http://onebook.cor.net
This year, the chosen book is "One Amazing Thing" by Chitra Divakaruni,
and Bill and I had the pleasure of meeting Chitra at a reception before her free lecture this evening.
Chitra is a delightful woman! She has written many books and is a poet as well.
I look forward to reading her other novels, since I enjoyed "One Amazing Thing" so much.
The reception was catered by students in the Richardson High School Culinary Arts program, and featured Indian appetizers and treats since the book takes place in an Indian Visa Office in San Francisco. The color of the roses even matched the roses on the cover of the book!
Board President, Nancy Kubasek, on behalf of mayor Bob Townsend,
presented Chitra with a beautiful crystal gift from the city.
Of all the author lectures that I have attended, this one was the best!
I would love to take a creative writing class from her at The University of Houston, where she currently teaches.