The EnRICHment Opportunities speakers program supports the Rhode Island Center for the Book’s highly successful Reading Across Rhode Island (RARI) program—the annual statewide community read, made possible through a vibrant collaboration of librarians, teachers, artists, book group leaders, and readers. Each year, a new book is selected to appeal to cross-disciplinary, cross-sector, and diverse communities.
EnRICHment speakers participate in lectures, workshops, and performances on topics and themes related to each year’s book selection. EnRICHment and RARI programming culminates with a keynote by the author of the year’s selected work.
The book selected for 2017 is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy is an unforgettable true story about the work of Bryan Stevenson, a gifted young attorney, as he founded Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system. The work examines the intersections of the United States’ justice system with race, economics, history, and culture. The book was chosen for its appeal to readers from ages 14 to 114 and its connection to topics of both local and national significance.
For 2017, EnRICHment speakers are available for bookings by libraries, community organizations, senior centers, schools, and workplaces for a $150 co-payment. We require that host organizations acknowledge the Council and the Center for the Book in all publicity and at the beginning of each presentation. We will provide you with an appropriate statement of support and other promotional materials.
Individual programs related to the themes of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson will take place across the state throughout the spring. Please check back here or visit our community calendar to learn about upcoming events.
Sunday, January 29: Reading Across Rhode Island Kickoff at the Providence Public Library. Learn more and register online here. Several of the panelists from the Kickoff at the PPL are available to be booked by schools. Please reach out to Kate Lentz, Director of the RI Center for the Book for additional information. Panelists include: Tara Allen, RI Assistant Federal Defender; Noah Kilroy, Esq., Kilroy Delgado Law Group; Anthony Roberson, Detective, Providence Police Department; Erlin Rogel, Teacher, Gilbert Stuart Middle School; Jordan Seaberry, Director for Public Policy and Advocacy, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence; Julia Steiny, Found & Director, Youth Restoration Project.