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THIS WILL BE ON THE TEST: Dave Eggers Is Comin’

whatiswhat.jpgThe One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Committee has chosen Dave Eggers’ What Is the What to be the featured selection for this upcoming year. What Is the What tells the true story of Valentino Achak Deng, who as a child witnessed atrocities of civil warfare in Sudan and became one of the so-called Lost Boys. In order to enlighten readers and stimulate discussion dealing with both East African culture and history, as well as issues of violence in the world and within our own city, two thematically related companion books for families are also suggested: Brothers In Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, by Mary Williams, and Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard, by Mawi Asgedom. The 2008 One Book, One Philadelphia program kicks off on January 8 with a lecture by What Is the What author Dave Eggers at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library.

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