'One Book, One Region' kicks off 17th campaign Wednesday
Seventeen years ago, when the "One Book, One Region Eastern Connecticut" series started, few folks probably believed that, at some point, the honor would go to a graphic novel.
Times change, and "Hey Kiddo," this year's selection for One Book, One Region — a reading initiative designed to to bring people together to discuss ideas, to broaden the appreciation of reading and to break down social barriers — is indeed a graphic novel. Also a finalist for the National Book Award, "Hey Kiddo" is Jarrett Krosoczka's touching and wise memoir about growing up in a family struggline with addiction.
"Hey Kiddo" will be formally introduced at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the BioCT Innovation Common in Groton. Ginny Anderson, assistant professor of theater at Connecticut College, will discuss the book's themes in a presentation. After various groups read the book throughout the course of the summer, Krosoczka will give a guest lecture on September 17 in Conn College's Palmer Auditorium.
One Book, One Region Kickoff Event, 6 p.m. Wednesday, BioCT Innovation Common, 93 Shennecossett Road, Groton; free, books available for purchase on-site from Bank Square Books; (860) 536-3795.
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"Hey, Kiddo" is the beautifully and poignantly written and illustrated account — often humorous, frequently sad — of Krosoczka's childhood.