LET’S READ SUMMER 2018!
Book #1: After Tupac and Foster D by Jacqueline Woodson
In the summer of 1994, our 11-year-old narrator and her friend Neeka meet D, a foster child, in Queens, New York. Tupac Shakur miraculously survives multiple gunshot wounds that same summer. Tupac’s music is the soundtrack of the two years this trio spends together dealing with issues of race, adolescence and finding their big purpose.
Book #2: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
Follow the fictional life of talented guitarist Frankie Presto as he travels through musical challenges and success while interacting with real-life professional musicians and events. He’s part of Detroit’s jazz scene, the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis mania and Woodstock.
Think about multiplying your reading experience when you join 2Book Topeka, our community reading initiative. Three times a year everyone in Shawnee County has the opportunity to read two books on a theme. Our summer 2018 theme is music featuring After Tupac and Foster D by Jacqueline Woodson and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom.
We are a reading community and have come together 11 times in the past to read the same book, talk about it and enjoy events with the Big Read. Think of 2Book Topeka as “big read” times two! We started 2Book Topeka as our community read to meet the demand and enthusiasm generated by the Big Read. For many people the Big Read didn’t happen often enough.
Previous 2Book Topeka Reads
- Monday, June 18 | 7-8:30pm — Share your thoughts during a discussion of After Tupac and Foster D.
- Saturday, July 14 | 2-3:30:30pm —Discuss your thoughts onThe Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.
- Tuesday, July 31 | 7-8:30pm — Examine both 2Book Topeka books.
Help us plan future 2Book Topeka Reads
If you have suggestions for a future 2Book Topeka book or two books around a theme, let us know.