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Always a One Book One Town favorite program! Please join us for a lively conversation and wonderful exchange of ideas about this year’s title choice, which is Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Dr. Yusef Salaam. Our host and discussion leader will be Dr. Mark Schenker. Dr. Schenker is a Senior Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs. He has led book and film discussions in Connecticut for more than 30 years, and has given numerous lectures on writers and their works. All registrants will receive a Zoom link to join this virtual event.
About One Book One Town 2021
The Fairfield Public Library and its community partners are happy to announce the One Book One Town selection for 2021 – Punching the Air by award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and Dr. Yusef Salaam. This is the story of a tragic event leading to an unjust imprisonment and its impact on the family and community. It is also a story of how the power of art and poetry can create strength and community.
Ibi Zoboi is the New York Times Bestselling author of American Street, a National Book Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her writing has been published widely.
Dr. Yusef Salaam was just fifteen years old when his life was upended after being wrongly convicted with four other boys in the “Central Park Jogger” case. In 2002, after the young men spent years of their lives behind bars, their sentences were overturned. They are now known as The Exonerated Five. Their story has been documented in the award-winning film The Central Park Five and in the highly acclaimed series When They See Us. Dr. Salaam is now a poet, prison reform activist, and inspirational speaker. He received a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 among other honors.