Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Portage Library to host community book discussion June 10

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring a lunch and enjoy a Keweenaw Reads community book discussion at noon on Wednesday, June 10.

The book chosen for this year’s discussion is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by award-winning journalist Barbara Demick. A National Book Award Finalist, Nothing to Envy tells the story of six North Korean citizens over a chaotic 15-year period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

Demick takes the reader deep inside the country beyond the reach of government censors and brings to life what it means to be living under the most totalitarian regime today. One by one her subjects experience profound, life-altering disillusionment with a government that has betrayed them.

This program is sponsored by the Copper Country Reading Council with support from the Michigan Reading Association. Weather permitting, the book discussion will take place at the picnic table outside the library. In case of rain it will be held inside in the community room.

This book was chosen for the 2015 Summer Reading As Inquiry Initiative for incoming students at Michigan Technological University to read and discuss during orientation week in August. The greater community is invited to join additional discussions about this book throughout the summer. For more information about times and locations, please call the library at 482-4570.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome.

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