Read Your Way to Kansas 150 in 2011 by joining Kansans across the state in reading and discussing the same book.
The State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book are again proud to present an exciting statewide reading program that brings communities together through reading. Coming next spring is 2010 Kansas Reads…Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama. Written before Obama even entered politics, a #1 New York Times bestseller and, until his election, promoted by Random House as a suggested title for Community Reads programs nationwide, Dreams From My Father was chosen because it addresses issues faced by Kansans across the state. These include memoir writing, the search for an individual’s identity, relationships with fathers, and issues of blended families. The project focuses on the book more than on the author.
The publisher says this about the book: “In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir,” the author searches for a workable meaning to his life as an American. “The sudden death of his father inspires an emotional odyssey–first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.”
Discussion groups, scholar talks, and classroom programming happen all around the state from January 29 through March 15, 2010. Join us as Kansas Reads…Dreams from My Father in 2010!