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One Book,' Many Events
By CAROLE GOLDBERG, Courant Books Editor
September 5, 2004

Two Judges For Young Writers Program Discuss One Book For Greater Hartford

[Note: Lary Bloom and Estela Lopez, long-time friends and supporters of the IMPAC-CSU Young Writers Trust, have also served as judges for the competition.]

The 2004 One Book for Greater Hartford project, featuring Esmeralda Santiago's memoir, "When I Was Puerto Rican," will kick off Thursday [Sept. 9] from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St.

From 9:45 to 11:30 a.m., Miguel García-Colón of the Byram Shubert Library in Greenwich will give a workshop in English and Spanish on leading book discussions.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., lunch will feature Puerto Rican cuisine.

From 12:15 to 2 p.m., a "community conversation" discussion about the book will be led by editor and writer Lary Bloom and Estela R. Lopez, vice chancellor for academic affairs in the Connecticut State University System.

Reading Resource Guides to the book will be available, and Spanish interpreters will be at both workshops.

During September, free discussions will be held Hartford Public Library branches.

On Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., Santiago will speak in the library atrium, followed by a reception and book signing from 8 to 9 p.m.

The kickoff and her appearance are free, but registration is required. Call 860-695-6342, or visit, and click on "Calendar."

Other events are planned to augment the One Book project.

On Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m., a free book and art discussion for adults at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, will focus on themes in Santiago's book. Pre-registration is required: Call the education department at 860-278-2670.

On Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m., a free screening of a new documentary about Santiago, "The Writing Process," will be held at the museum's Aetna Theater. Frank Cantor, co-producer, will lead the post-film discussion. For information, call 860-278-2670.

Students from Miss Porter's School in Farmington and Maria Sanchez School in Hartford will collaborate on an exhibit of self-portrait photographs exploring dual identity, which will be displayed at the library during Santiago's appearance.

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is honorary chairman of the 2004 One Book for Greater Hartford. It is a program of the Hartford Public Library in collaboration with Preview Connecticut, the Hartford Advocate, the Greater Hartford Literacy Council, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, Talk of Connecticut, "The Mary Jones Show" and Barnes &Noble Booksellers in West Hartford.

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