Book & Author Event: Alice Ozma - The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

Saturday, September 17, 2011

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Cost: Free - or give as you can.

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

First Floor Meeting Room (1st Floor)

Sat, 2011-09-17 14:00 - 15:30

Newly published author, Alice Ozma, whose book The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared highlights the value of reading to children consistently will be at the Providence Public Library on and she is bringing her father!  Alice and her dad, James Brozina, will team up to read passages from her book and share their thoughts on their Red Hot Reading Streak of over 3,000 nights.  A book signing will follow.

Named for two literary characters ("Alice" from Lewis Carroll and "Ozma" from L. Frank Baum), the author is the daughter of a Philadelphia-area elementary school librarian. When Alice was nine, her father made a promise: to read to her every night, without missing a night, for 100 nights. But once the pair met their goal, they couldn't stop. 100 became 1,000, and eventually they decided to read as long as they possibly could. The Reading Streak, as they called it, ultimately lasted 3,218 nights, finally ending on Alice's first day of college. The story of their amazing commitment to reading, and to each other, is chronicled in Alice Ozma's book The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

The Reading Streak changed their lives so profoundly, Alice has made a commitment to spread the word about reading and the importance of making a reading promise. The reading promise is simply a promise to read to yourself, read to someone else, and protect and defend reading in your community. It's a promise anyone can make, and a movement you'll feel good about. Improve your life and the lives of those around you- make your own reading promise today.

About Alice  
Alice Ozma is a 23-year old bibliophile born and raised in Millville, New Jersey and currently living in Philadelphia. She loves stories of all kinds and in all forms. She once fell in a decorative lily pond at a public garden. It was deeper than it looked. She would love to hear about how you started a Streak, or your favorite book, or what you liked about her book. Contact her at

Reading with her father offered a comforting continuity in the midst of her mother's disquieting move away from the family, her older sister's absence as a foreign exchange student, and the parsimoniousness of her single father. Ozma's account percolates chronologically through her adolescence, as father and daughter persevered in their streak of nightly reading despite occasional inconveniences such as coming home late, sleepovers (they read over the phone), and a rare case of the father's laryngitis. Ozma's work is humorous, generous, and warmly felt, and with a terrific reading list included, there is no better argument for the benefits of reading to a child than this rich, imaginative work. -- From Publishers Weekly

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