The Georgetown Public Library’s one-book, one-community program—Georgetown Reads!—kicks off this year on May 14. One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Divakaruni, is this year’s book selection. Copies of the book are now available for checkout at the library.
The plot of One Amazing Thing revolves around nine individuals who have been trapped by an earthquake in an Indian visa office in an American city. Conflicts are inevitable as they work together to survive. To defuse tensions that rise to the breaking point, each person tells a story—one amazing thing—that sets each character apart and brings them closer together.
In May, the Georgetown Public Library is sponsoring a series of free public events related to and inspired by One Amazing Thing.
A Visit with the Author: Author Chitra Divakaruni will join the audience by Skype for a question and answer session on Tuesday, May 14, at 3 p.m. in the Friends Room at the library. Divakaruni also will read from One Amazing Thing.
Emergency personnel who responded to the Jarrell tornado, Hurricane Katrina, and Bastrop fires will talk about their experiences in a special panel on Thursday, May 16 at 1 p.m. in the Hewlett Room on the second floor of the library.
One Amazing Meal: Shagufta Rafique will prepare a delicious dish from the Indian/Pakistan region at noon on Friday, May 17 on the library’s second floor mezzanine area known as the bridge. There will be samples after the presentation so bring your appetite!
One Amazing Evening: A night of Indian culture and fun on Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m. on the bridge in the library. There will be snacks, live music, henna, and a traditional dance performance and lesson provided by Anuradha Naimpally from Austin Dance India. Sanjeet Millennium will perform Indian music on sitar and tabla.
Other events also are planned. See the Georgetown Reads! website at georgetownreads.georgetown.org for full details. The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street.