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Brown Bag Book Club: Reading Across Rhode Island Selection - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Trustee's Room (3rd Floor)

Tue, 2016-03-29 12:00 - 13:00

In collaboration with Rhode Island Center for the Book the March selection for the Brown Bag Book Club is the 2016 Reading Across Rhode Island Title:The Wright Brothersby David McCullough

Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community read program kicks off its 14th year by inviting everyone to join in the reading ofTheWright Brothers by David McCullough. Reading Across Rhode Island is a project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, made possible through a vibrant collaboration of librarians, teachers, book group leaders and readers from across the state. The 2016 program runs from January through May with readers in Rhode Island classrooms, libraries, bookstores and book groups invited to join discussions and participate in local community events such as lectures, exhibits and dramatic interpretations centered on this year’s selection.

Two-time Pulitzer winner, New York Times-bestselling author, and master historian David McCullough brings to vivid life two of the most iconic figures in American history in The Wright Brothers. Regarded by many in their time as mere “bicycle mechanics,” Wilbur and Orville Wright were in reality self–taught geniuses of truly exceptional capacity of mind, pioneering scientific explorers, and extraordinary exemplars of the American character. McCullough tells a great American story that has never before been told as it should, deeply exploring the character as well as the technical achievements of the men who taught the world how to fly. David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the Francis Parkman Prize (which he won twice), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has received more than forty honorary degrees.

“I feel immensely pleased and honored that my book, The Wright Brothers, has been chosen for Reading Across Rhode Island,” remarked David McCullough in a video introduction on the RI Center for the Book website, “I feel strongly that the book has much to say about values and the importance of reading and of libraries to a good education.” “David McCullough’s historical work provides an exciting opportunity to connect with new classrooms and nonfiction readers throughout the state,” stated Kate Lentz, Director of the Rhode Island Center for the Book, “McCullough’s telling of the Wright Brothers’ story engages readers with history and connects to important themes in our lives today.”

PORTALS is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, as independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

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