CommunityREAD

CommunityREAD 2015:      

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff 

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library has announced the selection of Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff as the CommunityREAD 2015 book. Mr. Zuckoff will visit Hancock County on March 27th during CommunityREAD month for a public presentation at 7 p.m. at the Winebrenner Auditorium on the campus of the University of Findlay.

    In 1945, 24 members of the United States military, including nine Women’s Army Corps (WAC) members, boarded a plane to see “Shangri-La” a beautiful valley deep within the Dutch New Guinea jungle. But when the plane crashed only three survived. The survivors--a beautiful WAC, a young lieutenant who lost his twin brother in the crash, and a severely injured sergeant--were stranded deep in a jungle valley notorious for its cannibalistic tribes. They had no food, little water, and no way to contact their military base. Faced with the potential brutality of the Dani tribe, known throughout the valley for its violence, the trio’s lives were dependent on an unprecedented rescue mission. Drawn from interviews, Army documents, photos, diaries and original film footage, the tale is among the great survival stories of World War II.

   Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University and the author of six books, including the  New York Times bestsellers Frozen in Time, and Lost in Shangri-La which won the Winship/PEN Award for Nonfiction. As a reporter for the Boston Globe, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts. 

CommunityREAD 2015 and Mr. Zuckoff’s presentation are funded by a Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation grant, business and private sponsors, and the library’s general fund.   Ticket sales for the March 27th feature event will begin in early February.

Community READ History

Community READ was started in March 2003 as a way to celebrate the Community Foundation’s ten-year anniversary, bring attention to the fact that illiteracy is an issue in Findlay and Hancock County and help promote the HancockREADS endowment fund.  Local residents were asked to read and discuss a book and its related themes with friends and family during March of each year. Over the years, selected adult and children’s books have included:       

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and The Fall of Freddie the Leaf  by Leo Buscaglia (2003)
  • The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews and The Traveler’s Gift by Mark Kimball Moulton (2004)
  • Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam and Blueberries for the Queen by John and Katherine Patterson (2005)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (2006)
  • Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed written by Emily Pearson (2007)
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis and The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern (2008)
  • Marley & Me, Marley, A Dog Like No Other, and Bad Dog, Marley! all by John Grogan (2009)
  • Teach with your Heart by Erin Gruwell, The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg, Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco and Don’t Be Silly Mrs. Millie by Judy Cox (2010)
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Best Friends Forever by Beverly Patt, A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai and Yoko’s Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells. (2011)
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova, The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox (2012)
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh; Flower Garden by Eve Bunting; The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jen Wojtowicz;  The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett (2013).

In December 2011, The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation approached the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library about assuming the administration of CommunityREAD in 2013 with the understanding that the Community Foundation would continue to support CommunityREAD through the grant process.  In January 2012, the library Board of Trustees approved the library becoming the program administrator.

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