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Originally published: 2013-08-19 11:01:48
Last modified: 2013-08-19 11:01:48

'Watauga Reads' to host book events

September is "Watauga Reads" month, and the public library is offering three public events this fall focused on this year's selection, "American Dervish," by Ayad Akhtar.

The novel tells the story of a young Pakistani-American boy growing up in the American Midwest who struggles with identity and religion.

The boon is a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto's Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness and Oprah Magazine.

The author is also a playwright and screenwriter and won the Pulitzer Prizer for Drama for his stage play "Disgraced."

The library has extra copies of the book thanks to the Friends of the Library.

The Watauga County Public Library at 140 Queen Street will offer three programs highlighting the book:

-- 5 p.m. Aug. 27: Panel with ASU professors and students representing the Muslim Students Association

-- 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11: Author visit, book signing and discussion. Books will be available for purchase.

-- 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24: Book Bunch Club book discussion

The Watauga Reads book traditionally matches with ASU's Summer Reading Program selection, and other events also will be hosted on campus.

"We are very excited to be hosting the author here and thank Appalachian State University for their partnership," said Watauga County Librarian Monica Caruso.