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Pasadena In Focus
Jan - Feb 2012

“People of the Book” is One City, One Story Pick

OCOS_2012_People_Of_The_Book“People of the Book” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks is Pasadena’s 2012 One City, One Story selection.
Now in its 10th year, the popular community reading program was created in 2002 to nurture a love of books and spark vibrant community discussions.

Brooks’s novel is available for check-out at all Pasadena public libraries and for sale at local bookstores. Read the book, then get ready for a series of related events in March including book discussions, film series and lectures plus a community dialog with the author Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave.

Published in 2008, “People of the Book” is a fictionalized account of the turbulent history of the historic Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript that has survived into the 20th century thanks to people of various faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. In the novel, when manuscript conservator Hannah Heath is hired to restore the manuscript in 1996 Sarajevo, she finds and pursues clues to crucial moments in the book’s history.

“People of the Book” is filled with unforgettable voices from the past but it is Hanna’s edgy, contemporary voice that makes the novel a compulsively readable adventure story that transcends the usual boundaries of historic fiction.
For more information visit www.cityofpasadena.net/library or call (626) 744-7270.