One Book, One Community
People of the Book
This year, in conjuction with the Allegheny County Library Association, the Gumberg Library is participating in the "One Book, One Community" program. This year's book is People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks. Brooks is a Pullitzer Prise-winning author and People of the Book was a New York Times Bestseller. It has been translated into 20 languages.
The "complex and moving"(The New Yorker) novel follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war. Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity. Called "a tour de force"by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.
To kick off the 2013 "One Book, One Community," the Gumberg Library has invited Dr. Aaron Mackler, a rabbi and associate professor in the Duquesne University Theology Department to speak on the topic of the Haggadah and Passover at the Gumberg Library on March 19. Everyone is welcome.
You can find out about Duquesne University "One Book, One Community" events by clicking on the "Events" tab above. For more information on Allegheny County Library Association "One BooK" events and book groups, click on the "OneBookOneCommunity.org" tab.
For Duquesne University affiliates who want to read People of the Book, it is on reserve at the Gumberg Library Circulation Desk under the course and instructor name "One Book." Copies can also be purchased at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in the Power Center.
You can learn more about the Sarajevo Haggadah, haggadot in general, Passover, and other themes from the novel on the "Learn More" tab.