'All Pikes Peak Reads': 'TransAtlantic' by Colum McCann is selected as 1 adult title

All Pikes Peak Reads 2019! Photo courtesy the Pikes Peak Library District.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Looking for a reason to get back into reading or looking for a story you've never read before? Join people across our community for "All Pikes Peak Reads 2019"!

The annual program aims to improve literacy and foster dialogue across social, cultural and generational lines. This year's titles explore themes of crossings, peace, multiculturalism, identity, friendship and memory.

One of the selected adult titles is "TransAtlantic" by Colum McCann.

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Summary: A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.

About the author: Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in over 40 languages. He is the co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organization, Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children.

There will also be an author presentation and book signing. The event is scheduled for Oct. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Library 21c Venue at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive.

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The other adult title selected is a book of poetrey, Citizen Illegal.

Citizen Illegal is right on time, bringing both empathy and searing critique to the fore as a nation debates the very humanity of the people who built it." —Eve Ewing, author of Electric ArchesIn this stunning debut, poet José Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life in the spaces between Mexico and America. He paints vivid portraits of good kids, bad kids, families clinging to hope, life after the steel mills, gentrifying barrios, and everything in between. Drawing on the rich traditions of Latinx and Chicago writers like Sandra Cisneros and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olivarez creates a home out of life in the in-between. Combining wry humor with potent emotional force, Olivarez takes on complex issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration using an everyday language that invites the reader in.

The author presentation and book signing for Citizen Illegal is slated for Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

The young adult and children's title is "Nowhere Boy" by Katherine Marsh. The author presentation is set for Oct. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Library 21c Venue, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.