BOOKS CHOSEN FOR 2021 LIVERMORE READS TOGETHER
The #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestselling graphic novel trilogy, March, will be the featured books for the 15th Livermore Reads Together, the library’s annual community reading program.
Throughout the month of February 2021, the library will host a series of events for youth and adults that celebrate Black History Month and explore the themes in March. Stay tuned for exciting events currently being planned.
About the trilogy: Congressman John Lewis (Georgia's 5th congressional district) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.
Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 graphic novel Martin Luther King the Montgomery Story. Now, his own graphic novels bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.
March is the first graphic novel to receive a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. It is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, an American Library Association Notable Book, and a recipient of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. March has received numerous other accolades and rave reviews.
March is the first graphic novel ever chosen by the library for Livermore Reads Together. Inspired by current events related to the Black Lives Matter movement, the library has chosen a book that is accessible to many readers, especially young adults. “Beautifully drawn, March tells a powerful true story that must be shared with everyone,” says Librarian Paul Sevilla. “We hope that the trilogy will not only educate readers, but also inspire them to act for racial justice.”
Print and eBook copies of books one, two, and three of March are now available to check out from the library. All Livermore Reads Together events are free and open to the public, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Livermore Public Library.