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Get Ready for CA Reads 2014!

California Humanities and our partners are hard at work, making preparations for hundreds of activities that will take place September through November at libraries, campuses, schools, community organizations focused around our statewide read of best-selling novelist, Marine Corps veteran, and Rhodes Scholar Karl Marlantes’ book, What It Is Like to Go to War (Grove/Atlantic 2011). Part of our War Comes Home initiative we hope the project will stimulate thoughtful reflection and lively discussion about what it means to come home from war, and what it’s like to be a veteran.

43 library systems across the state will present reading and discussion programs, oral history collection, story-sharing projects, art-making activities, community forums and dialogues, presentations and panel discussions, film screening, and civic engagement and community service projects to support veterans and their families. Over 340 branch libraries will be involved, along with hundreds of community partners, including local veteran- and active military-serving organizations, schools, colleges, museums, cultural organizations, social service organizations, government agencies, and booksellers.

In addition, Mr. Marlantes will be touring the state in Northern California the week of October 6, and Southern California the week of November 16, to speak with community audiences at libraries, colleges, museums, and veterans organizations.

A detailed schedule of all events will be available in August.

We want YOU to participate!

  • Read the book!  Get a copy from your local bookseller or library or through online vendors.
  • Organize a reading group in your community at your workplace, school, civic group, veterans agency, or faith-based organization, using our free discussion guide which includes discussion questions, an author interview, and other helpful resources. Special discounts on bulk purchases are available through the publisher – contact Felicia Kelley for details.
  • Share the high school curriculum developed by the California History Social Science Project with teachers in your community – the free curriculum is designed for 11th & 12th grade history and civics classes and aligns with state and national standards.

California Reads is a program of California Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.              

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