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book jacket, The Tortilla Curtain
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Author T.C. Boyle
(photo by Milo Boyle)

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Check back here later this year for information about Nashua Reads 2009

One City, One Book 2008:
Nashua Reads The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle was the selection for the sixth annual Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program in Nashua. In this moving novel, Boyle tackles the controversy over illegal immigration through a story of two couples on each side of the issue whose worlds collide in scenes that are alternately comic, frightening, and satirical. The novel explores each angle of this politically hot topic by confronting racism, fear, and the moral dilemmas of the everyday person.

Reserve your copy of the book; read it, talk about it with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and then attend these upcoming programs:

Crackdown: The Impact of Immigration Enforcement
With immigration reform legislation at a stand-still in Congress, the government’s de facto policy has become one of enforcement only. Julia Preston explores the implications of stepped-up raids, arrests, and detentions on communities, schools, health care systems, courts and on our economy, both local and national. She’ll also examine the reasons reform efforts have failed. Preston is a national correspondent covering immigration for The New York Times. She was a member of the Times staff that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on international affairs for its series that profiled the corrosive effects of drug corruption in Mexico.
Nashua Public Library Theater
Monday, September 22, at 7 pm. Repeated on Tuesday, September 23, at 10:45 am

RISE Course
This course, led by Ann Hostage, includes lecture, discussion, and video related to The Tortilla Curtain and the issues it raises about immigration. Sponsored by the library and the Rivier Institute for Senior Education; free and open to the public. Participants may attend some or all sessions. (Second session is the "Crackdown" event described above.)
Tuesdays, September 16 - October 7, 2008
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Nashua Public Library Theater

Book Discussion
Your chance to share your thoughts about The Tortilla Curtain. Led by retired Rivier College English professor Sharon Dean.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
7:00 pm
Nashua Public Library Theater

Check back in the coming weeks for dates of library screenings of films related to the book.

Other programs
If you plan to hold a book discussion about The Tortilla Curtain that is open to the public, let us know and we'll post it here.