Wednesday, March 12, 2008

SPC Reads 'The Kite Runner'

Welcome to the Third Annual SPC Reads!

This is our third year of SPC Reads, a collaborative common reading program sponsored by the Michael M. Bennett Libraries that encourages creativity, critical thinking, community, and interdisciplinary activities. During the month of March we invite you to join us in reading the widely acclaimed book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and participating in a wide range of campus activities including screenings of the recently released films The Kite Runner and Charlie Wilson’s War, panel discussions, and kite flying (perfect for the month of March!).

Set in pre-Taliban Afghanistan, this novel is “an epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. Privileged young narrator Amir comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy in Afghanistan then must endure revolution, invasion and a country’s long struggle to triumph over violent forces. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons -- their love, their sacrifices, their lies.” (From the LINCC Online Catalog)

The richness of themes, timeliness and the page-turning pace of this novel are sure to provoke some lively and passionate discussions. We hope you’ll join in the conversation. This book stopped me dead in my tracks and I’m sure many will have a similarly powerful reaction.
Check out our SPC Reads web site for more information about the book and its author and all of the great SPC events planned around the college.

Debbie Robinson, Director of Libraries.

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