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Long Beach Reads One Author Comes to Campus March 6

Published: January 30, 2009

Celebrating its eighth year, Long Beach Reads One Book engages the local community by encouraging its members to read the same book and discuss it in a variety of venues and formats. More than 150,000 area residents including high school and college students, senior citizens, and residents throughout the Long Beach area get involved. CSULB is a co-sponsor of this event each year and President F. King Alexander is an honorary chair.

The book selection for 2009 is Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at at Time by authors Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

The book is the story of Mortenson’s struggle to build and support more than 78 schools, particularly for girls, in some of the most remote villages of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since 1993, as a result of a failed attempt to climb K2 in northeastern Pakistan, Mortenson has made it his personal mission to ensure that the children of this poverty-stricken and war-ravaged region have a balanced (non-sectarian) education to give them hope for an economically independent future and to fight against the radical Islamic extremism taught in madrassa schools.

To begin a week-long series of events throughout Long Beach, Mortenson will give a presentation on his work in the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 6. The evening will begin with a performance by the Long Beach Poly High School orchestra.

Tickets are $15 for faculty, staff, and students and can be purchased on-line (click on the Buy Tickets tab at the top of the page) or by calling the Carpenter Center ticket office at 562/985-7000.

If you are not familiar with the book there is a summary on the link to Mortenson’s Web site.

Three Cups of Tea