Chitra Divakaruni, author of One Amazing Thing, Sacramento State’s One Book selection for the 2012-13 academic year, paid a well-received visit to campus Thursday, Oct. 25.
One Book seeks to introduce the same book to all facets, disciplines and class levels of the campus, inspiring discussion and debate.
One Amazing Thing is the story of nine people trapped in a building following an earthquake. From diverse backgrounds, the victims turn to one another to survive through storytelling – relating tales of romance, political upheaval and self-discovery.
Divakaruni took part in two sessions with readers.
She read from her book and described how she develops ideas in “Where the Wild Stories Are,” a presentation open to members of the Sacramento State campus and the general public from 1 to 2 p.m. Divakaruni explained how One Amazing Thing was inspired by her evacuation from a hurricane threat. She also signed copies following the presentation. Divakaruni was introduced by Provost Charles Gossett.
At 7 p.m., Divakaruni talked about “The Stories That Save Us,” touching upon how she learned about the healing power of storytelling while volunteering with Hurricane Katrina refugees. The event was open to the public and was followed by a book signing. She was introduced by Sheree Meyer, associate dean of Undergraduate Studies and founder of the University’s One Book Program.
Divakaruni has won many writing awards, including the American Book Award and an Allen Ginsberg poetry prize. One Amazing Thing has garnered praise from many authors and reviewers.
One Book Program events continue throughout the year.
A free movie screening of My Name is Khan will be presented at noon Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Multi-Cultural Center, Library 1010.
An original musical drama inspired by One Amazing Thing will be performed by students from the Music 21 class at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Capistrano Hall 143.
There’s more in the spring, with events that include a public and continuous reading of One Amazing Thing by the GE Honors students April 30-May 1.
For more information on the One Book Program and Divakaruni’s appearance, 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