Readmont 2012


Readmont Poster

Readmont FAQs

What is Readmont? A community read project which invites everyone in the Piedmont community to read the same book at the same time. These events have been going on in various cities and campuses across the nation since 1998. They are also known as “one city, one book” projects. See this website for more information:
What is the purpose of Readmont? To draw the community together over a compelling story and promote conversation and discussion.
What book has been chosen? When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka. This powerful, beautifully written novel is about a Japanese American family in Berkeley sent to an internment camp during WWII.
Why this book? It is educationally as well as emotionally rich and lends itself to discussion. Though written for adults, it is accessible for teens and can be explained to younger children though other books have been written on Japanese internment specifically for youth.
What is the Readmont timeline? The official launch is right after ski week. The reading period will extend until April or May when we will schedule various events such as book discussions. If we can secure funding, we’d love to arrange an author talk in Piedmont.
Where can I purchase the book? A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair is offering a 20% discount!
Any free copies available? A very limited number of books will be available in each school library.
What if the author is unavailable to come to Piedmont? If a large culminating event is not possible, we will encourage smaller events. The worst case scenario for this project is that a bunch of people will have read a good book!

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