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January 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

This year’s Long Island Reads project recently got some nice publicity in Newsday recently, courtesy of Aileen Jacobson, a Newsday reporter.
Here’s the story… with apologies to Newsday for the cut and paste rather than a link:

Reading program selects next book
Aileen Jacobson
Newsday
(Combined editions)
Long Island, N.Y.: Oct 25, 2007. pg. A.34

Want to get a flying head start on the coming year’s Long Island Reads selection? It’s “Aloft,” Chang-Rae Lee’s 2000 novel about a Long Island widower and retired landscape contractor who glides through the sky solo in his small airplane as he deals with family problems on earth.

Lee teaches at Princeton University, although at the moment he’s on sabbatical in Hawaii while writing another book, said Diane Eidelman, adult services coordinator for the Suffolk Cooperative Library System and one of the leaders of Long Island Reads. But by coincidence, Eidelman said, he’ll be back East just as the Nassau and Suffolk library systems are launching the program, and he’s agreed to come to the Farmingdale Public Library on April 12, 2008, to talk about his book. Local libraries will host events related to “Aloft” during April.

Last year, when James McBride, author of “The Color of Water,” came to speak, “tickets went fast,” Eidelman said. Some libraries are considering giving away “Aloft” copies, so readers can get them signed in April. It’s available as a free audiobook at Suffolkwave.org.

“This book was selected because it’s very Long Island, and it had wonderful reviews,” she said. The South Korean-born Lee, who immigrated when he was young, was named by The New Yorker as one of its 20 writers for the 21st century. Comments are welcome at longislandreads.blogspot.com. There’s also more information at longislandreads.org.

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