One of the earliest Jewish texts to include paintings, the priceless Sarajevo Haggadah somehow survived centuries of wars and disasters, finding its way to rare-book expert Hanna Heath in 1996. With just a few clues – an insect wing, a wine stain, salt crystals and a white hair – Heath pieces together the startling stories of the Jews, Christians and Muslims who risked their lives to protect the manuscript at all costs.
Part love story, part thriller, part history lesson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks’s 2008 novel“People of the Book” has been named Pasadena’s “One City, One Story” selection for 2012. Launched in 2002, the popular program has nurtured a citywide love of literature while sparking a decade’s worth of intriguing community dialogue.
Join the discussion by picking up your copy of this New York Times bestseller at any Pasadena branch library or local bookstore. Then join in on a long list of free book discussions, workshops and activities.
Meet the author and ask questions face-to-face during a public event set for Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the All Saints Church Sanctuary, 132 N. Euclid Ave. Fee-based parking is available in nearby lots and structures.
Through March, stop by Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., to see exhibits celebrating 10 years of “One City, One Story” programming.
Old Town Cooking School demonstrates “flavors of the book,” complete with samples, on Saturday, March 17, at noon at Linda Vista Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St., and on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd.
Huntington Library curator Sara S. Hodson shares the library’s collection of medieval manuscripts on Wednesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at Central Library.
Little ones can get in on the fun with a presentation of Jewish Tales and Tunes by storyteller Karen Golden on Monday, March 26, at 3:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave. Kids ages 5-12 can create their own illuminated manuscripts and explore the mysterious Book of Kells on Thursday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
For the full list of events, including book discussions at your local branch, visit www.onecityonestory.com.