Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community read program kicks off its 17th year by encouraging everyone to read What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.
A program of the Rhode Island Center for the Book, Reading Across Rhode Island is made possible through a collaboration of librarians, teachers, book group leaders, and readers from across the state. This year’s Honorary Chair is U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
This program is a great adventure for parents and teens to do together – read the book and then attend programs about it, including some with the author herself. The kick-off is January 27. (See below for more information about this.)
The Center also offers a Kids Reading Across Rhode Island (KRARI) book, focused on elementary school-aged children, which will be announced later in 2019. Stay tuned to Kidoinfo.com for more on this!
About this year’s Reading Across RI book
Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City tells how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, along with other researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world.
At the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” she continues to work to mitigate the impact of the water crisis on Flint’s children.
“Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s memoir … tells a fascinating story of corporate greed, grassroots activism, environmental racism, sexism in the sciences, and governmental coverup—not to mention the importance of the scientific method,” said Reading Across Rhode Island Committee member, Elissa Sweet, Event and Marketing Director at Savoy Bookshop & Café.
“But it’s not a dry science or economics book; this is at its heart a family memoir and medical thriller, written by a doctor who loves her job and feels a strong sense of duty to the people she serves. It made me furious and it made me hopeful, and I want everyone I know to read this book,” she said.
From 1-3 pm on January 27, 2019, there will be a kick-off of the 2019 book at Salve Regina University in Newport with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
The presentation includes an introduction to the book’s themes with an expert panel moderated by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve. It also includes a preview performance by Living Literature, which produces live events that bring stories to life for audiences.
Tickets are $20 and include one paperback copy of the book. Light refreshments will be provided. Register here for this event. For more information contact Kate Lentz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elissa Sweet at email@example.com.
“As a voracious reader, I’m glad to join the Rhode Island Center for the Book to introduce the new Reading Across Rhode Island selection,” said Sen. Whitehouse. “What the Eyes Don’t See holds timely lessons from the tragedy in Flint, Michigan about the importance of taking an active role in democracy, standing up for what you know is right, and fighting for environmental justice.”
Meet the author
On April 11 and 12, 2019, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will visit RI. Registration for events with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will be available on the Rhode Island Center for the Book website in February. Also available will be further reading lists, book discussion guides, the author’s website, audio interviews, and other supplementary materials.
Rhode Island Center for the Book is a statewide organization devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books. Founded in 2003, the RI Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and resides at The Pell Center at Salve Regina University, a think tank dedicated to honoring Senator Claiborne Pell’s legacy,