The One Book program at Sacramento State has scheduled a pair of preliminary presentations ramping up to the main event – a campus visit by author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Divakaruni’s book, One Amazing Thing, tells the story of nine people from diverse backgrounds who are trapped in a building after an earthquake. They turn to one another to survive through storytelling – relating tales of romance, political upheaval and self-discovery.
In the One Book program, students, faculty and staff all read the same book. Its themes and topics are worked into all disciplines and class levels, generating many other activities and inspiring discussion and debate.
The semester-long program features a free film series, beginning with a screening of Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke, an examination of the social, cultural and human toll of Hurricane Katrina. The movie will be shown at noon Tuesday, Sept. 18.
On Oct. 16, a free screening of Crash will be presented. Crash is about a vehicle accident that causes multiple lives to collide in unexpected ways. It will be shown at noon Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Both films will be screened in the Multi-Cultural Center, Library 1010, are presented by the Multi-Cultural Center, and are open to the public.
Divakaruni’s visit on Oct. 25 is a daylong event that starts with a discussion and question-and-answer session at 10:30 a.m. It’s open to members of the University’s various learning communities.
The author will present a reading and will talk about storytelling at noon in a session that will be open to the public.
And at 7 p.m., Divakaruni will read from the book and discuss her experiences in a session open to the public. All three appearances will be in the University Union Ballroom, and copies of the book will be available for sale at a 20 percent discount.
The semester’s film series concludes Tuesday, Nov. 13, with the free screening of My Name Is Khan, the story of an Indian Muslim’s personal mission to meet the president of the United States. That will take place at noon in the Multi-Cultural Center.
One Book offerings also include a musical drama inspired by One Amazing Thing – conceived, created and performed by students in the Music 21 class. It will be performed at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Capistrano Hall 143.
Divakaruni has won many writing awards, including the American Book Award and an Allen Ginsberg poetry prize. One Amazing Thing has won praise from many authors and reviewers.
For more information on the One Book Program, visit www.csus.edu/onebook/. More information about the film series is available from the Multi-Cultural Center, (916) 278-6101 or www.csus.edu/mcc. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
– Craig Koscho