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Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg, author of We Are All Welcome Here

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"Put away your bookmarks. You won't need them. We Are All Welcome Here grabs you on page 1 and never lets go."— Fort WorthStar-Telegram

"Valuable lessons about love, honor, and the real meaning of family . . . [a] charming tale of a girl growing to realize just how much she is her mother's daughter."—The New York Times Book Review

One City, One Book: Nashua Reads 2010 Sponsors:

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Check back here in June 2011 for information about the 2011 One City, One Book: Nashua Reads program.


One City, One Book 2010:
Nashua Reads We Are All Welcome Here

Meet Elizabeth Berg on October 17

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg is the selection for the 2010 Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program.

Against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, We Are All Welcome Here is the story of a 13-year-old girl living in poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the early 1960s. Her mother, a single parent, is severely handicapped by the polio she contracted when pregnant with her daughter and relies on the help of an African-American caregiver, with whom her daughter has a love-hate relationship. The novel explores race and class tensions, the meaning of freedom, and the limits of a child's responsibility for caring for her own mother.

About Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg has written over twenty books, many of them New York Times Bestsellers. Durable Goods and Joy School were both selected as American Library Association Best Book of the Year. Open House was an Oprah's Book Club Selection.

In 1997, Elizabeth won the New England Booksellers Award for her body of work. The Boston Public Library named her a "literary light", and the AMC Cancer Research Center gave her its Illuminator Award for shedding light on breast cancer, resulting in increased public awareness and concern.

More information about the author is available at www.elizabeth-berg.net.

Get your copy now

The library has 50 copies of We Are All Welcome Here, in addition to large-print and audio copies. A set of 12 books, including two large-print copies, is available for borrowing by book groups. Read it, talk about it with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and then meet the author this fall.

Nashua Reads Events

All events take place at the Nashua Public Library and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

RISE Class

Sponsored by the Rivier Institute for Senior Education; open to all. You may attend some or all the sessions. Please preregister at http://www.tinyurl.com/nashuareads. Held on Tuesdays from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm.

September 14: A discussion of We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg. Be sure to reserve a copy several weeks ahead of time so you can read it before the class.
September 21: Civil Rights Veteran James Kates. See description, below.
September 28: Film: The Polio Crusade. See description, below.
October 5: A discussion of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. For copies, call Carol at 589-4610.  

Civil Rights Veteran James Kates

Volunteers sing beside their bus in Oxford, Ohio, in June 1964 before leaving for Mississippi to help blacks register to vote. James Kates (fifth from left) will speak at the Nashua Public Library on Tuesday, September 21.  (Ted Polumbaum/Newseum collection. Used by permission.)

Where were you in the summer of '64? If you were black and living in Mississippi, did you register to vote? If you were white, did you participate in the voter registration drive there? Even if you are too young to remember those days, join James Kates, a veteran of the movement who was in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer, as he recalls his experiences there.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 10:45 am or 7 pm
NPL Theater

Documentary: The Polio Crusade

This PBS documentary interweaves personal accounts of polio survivors with the story of an ardent crusader who tire­lessly fought on their behalf while scientists raced to eradicate this dreaded disease. 2009/60 mins./Not rated

Monday, September 27, at 7 pm, or
Tuesday, September 28, at 10:45 am
NPL Theater 

Six Nights in the Black Belt


M & M Productions presents this critically acclaimed play about civil-rights activist and Episcopal saint Jonathan Daniels, a native of Keene who was killed in Alabama in 1965. This production of Lowell Williams' play includes live gospel music by Harvard College's Kuumba and local New Hampshire talent. Contains strong language. The performance is free but preregistration is required; go to www.tinyurl.com/nashuareads.


Thursday, September 23, 2010
7 pm, NPL Theater

Jon Decareau (l.) and Chauncey Moore star in Six Nights in the Black Belt, on Thursday, September 23.


Beyond the Book: An Afternoon with Elizabeth Berg

Thanks to support from the Friends of the Library and TD Charitable Foundation, author Elizabeth Berg will be on hand to talk about We Are All Welcome Here and answer your questions. Toadstool books will bring copies of Elizabeth's books for sale and signing. Before the presentation, a private wine and cheese reception with the author will be held in the Dion Center Board Room.

Bring your book group, and enter our drawing for a bag of up to 12 copies of next year's Nashua Reads book! Other door prizes will also be awarded.

Tickets are $5, or $25 for entry to both the private reception and presentation. Available at the Nashua Public Library circulation desk.

Sunday, October 17, 2010
Private reception: 1 pm
Public presentation: 2 pm
Rivier College Dion Center
16 Clement Street, Nashua

Nashua Novel Readers

All book-lovers are welcome to join this group tonight to discuss We Are All Welcome Here.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
7 pm, NPL Theater

About Nashua Reads: One City, One Book

The goal of the One City, One Book program is to get as many Nashuans as possible to read the same book and talk about it with friends, coworkers, and neighbors. The program is now in its eighth year. Previous selections included Skeletons at the Feast, The Tortilla Curtain, Zorro, In the Heart of the Sea, The Kite Runner, Travels With Charley, and  Empire Falls. 

The idea of community reading programs originated in 1998, when the Washington Center for the Book sponsored "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book". For four days, Russell Banks visited the community for programs and discussions about his book, The Sweet Hereafter. In the years since, similar programs, under names like "One City, One Book", "The Big Read", and others, have been held throughout the US.

Questions about Nashua Reads?

For more information about Nashua Reads, contact Carol Luers Eyman at (603) 589-4610 or carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org