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Memphis Reads

Memphis Reads is Christian Brothers University, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, Rhodes College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Facing History and Ourselves, the City of Memphis, Shelby County Schools, The Southern College of Optometry, and the University of Memphis. 

During fall 2017, these partners will host a city-wide reading program of a single book. The culmination of this reading campaign will be a public talk and book signing by the author at Christian Brothers University, Rhodes College and Shelby County Schools on September 11-12, 2017. Memphis Reads will include other parallel events related to the chosen book, such as panels, book discussion groups, book signings, an essay contest, and related arts programming including film screenings and/or fine arts shows. Events will take place at the partner organizations' facilities as well as other venues throughout the city.

This fall, Memphis's biggest book club welcomes best-selling author  Markus Zusak as the featured guest and speaker. Zusak is the author of five books  including the Memphis Reads selected book, The Book Thief, which has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than 500 weeks. 

Publisher Alfred A. Knopf is celebrating the tenth anniversary The Book Thief with a special edition of the novel, which contains fourteen pages of bonus content, including marked-up manuscript pages, original sketches, and pages from Zusak’s writing notebook, as well as a letter from the author and a new jacket.

The New York Times: “Brilliant and hugely ambitious…the kind of book that can be life-changing.”
The Age: “an original, moving, beautifully written book.”

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Memphis Reads is made possible by our generous sponsors.






Memphis Reads 2017 is supported by Presenting Sponsor International Paper, with additional support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Follett. Memphis Reads is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee and is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.