Thomas Jefferson University, the Activities Office, the Jefferson Medical and Health Sciences Bookstore and the Scott Memorial Library are proud to be community partners in the 2009 One Book, One Philadelphia project. We’ll be reading The Solist, by Stephen Lopez.
One Book, One Philadelphia is a joint project of the Mayor’s Office and the Free Library of Philadelphia. It promotes reading, literacy, library use, and community building by motivating tens of thousands of people to read and discuss an annual featured book. The 2009 program runs from January 14 to March 19, 2009, and features dozens of FREE programs, from author lectures and small group discussions to musical performances.
Join your Jefferson colleagues for an informal book discussion at the Scott Library on February 24, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in Room 200B (behind the fish tank). All Jefferson staff, students and faculty are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by 2/20 to firstname.lastname@example.org (x3-7676).
From the resource guide: “The centerpiece of this year’s project is journalist Steve Lopez’s powerful memoir, The Soloist. Based on the author’s remarkable friendship with Nathaniel Ayers–a homeless, schizophrenic, Julliard-trained musician–this compelling narrative will inspire readers and stimulate programming around its themes of homelessness, mental illness, the redemptive power of music, and the healing nature of friendship.”
“When Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, he envisions this “Violin Man” as the topic of his next column for the Los Angeles Times — only to unearth an even more extraordinary story about the mysterious street musician. From an impromptu concert of Beethoven’s Eighth in the Second Street tunnel to a performance of Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites on Skid Row, the two men learn to communicate through Ayers’ music. And though it’s Ayers he initially sets out to save, Lopez finds that his own life is profoundly changed.”
About the author: A one-time renowned Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, Steve Lopez currently works for the Los Angeles Times, where he conceived the idea of The Soloist after writing a column on its central character. He is also the author of several novels, including Third and Indiana, Where No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Sunday Macaroni Club, and In the Clear, as well as Land of Giants, a compilation of columns from his time at the Inquirer. Lopez, who has won numerous awards for his writing, has contributed to Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, and Entertainment Weekly.
Copies of The Soloist are available for purchase from the Bookstore or to check out from Scott Library. Pick up yours today!