Reading Together in the News

March 19, 2013

NPR's Brooke Gladstone to speak at Western Michigan University as part of Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together

KALAMAZOO, MI – National Public Radio's Brooke Gladstone will be speaking April 2 at Western Michigan University as part of the Kalamazoo Public Library's 2013 Reading Together Program. The cohost and managing editor of NPR's “On the Media,” will discuss her experiences as a journalist and her bestselling 2012 book, “The Influencing Machine.” The graphic novel, with illustrations by Josh Neufeld, looks at the history of media and how people interact with it. more...


March 8, 2013

Amy Waldman, author of 'The Submission,' on writing, the media and characters who change sex halfway through a draft

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Author Amy Waldman, whose debut novel "The Submission," was chosen as the Kalamazoo Public Library's selection for its 2013 Reading Together program, as well as for the MLive Book Club, stopped by the Kalamazoo Gazette's hub Wednesday evening for a live chat. more...


March 6, 2013

Live chat now with 'The Submission' author Amy Waldman (Crowds turn out for Reading Together program Tuesday)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Despite snowy roads, about 300 Kalamazoo-area residents turned out Tuesday night to hear Amy Waldman talk about her debut novel, "The Submission." The Kalamazoo Public Library chose the acclaimed 2011 novel as for the 2013 Reading Together program. Among other accolades, "The Submission" was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the year, one of NPR's 10 best novels and Entertainment Weekly's No 1. novel of the year. more...


March 5, 2013

Kalamazoo Today: Reading Together author Amy Waldman to speak tonight in Kalamazoo

Reading Together: Amy Waldman, the 2013 Kalamazoo Public Library Reading Together author, will speak tonight at the Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium at 2432 N. Drake Road at 7 p.m. The former New York Times reporter's first novel "The Submission" was picked for the Reading Together program. The book, Yvonne Zipp reports, is "about a controversy that erupts when a Muslim-American wins a memorial competition – when a controversy erupted over plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in 2010." The book was also the February pick for the MLive Book Club. more...


March 4, 2013

The Submission: A book about 9/11, that's not actually about 9/11

In 2011, Amy Waldman’s debut novel The Submission, made its way onto numerous “best” lists. Esquire Magazine named it the book of the year, and NPR called it one of the year’s top ten. Since then, The Submission has been part of many communities’ reading programs, and is now the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Reading Together selection. more...


February 27, 2013

MLive Book Club: author Amy Waldman's fictional controversy ended up looking a lot like real life

KALAMAZOO, MI – Lots of novelists get ideas from newspaper headlines. Amy Waldman was writing years ahead of them. The former New York Times reporter had already completed the draft of her first novel, "The Submission," about a controversy that erupts when a Muslim-American wins a memorial competition – when a controversy erupted over plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in 2010. more...


February 14, 2013

'The Submission' wins over this non-fiction reader for MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette Book Club, Reading Together program

I have a confession to make. Actually two. The first is that I’ve never been in a book club. Yes, I followed along last month with Yvonne Zipp’s MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette Book Club selection of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s “Once Upon a River.” I chatted with Campbell, who was so engaging and approachable, during a meet-and-greet she and Zipp held at Old Dog Tavern. But I didn’t jump into the conversation Zipp hosted on MLive four days later. I watched, but I didn’t join. This month is different. The selection is “The Submission” by Amy Waldman and I have pledged to myself to read the entire book and participate in the conversation. more...


February 1, 2013

MLive Book Club: February's pick will be 'The Submission' by Amy Waldman (poll)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- What would happen if a jury chose an anonymous submission by a Muslim-American to commemorate the site of a ground-zero-like attack? That’s the premise of Amy Waldman’s 2011 novel, “The Submission,” which is the 2013 Reading Together title chosen by the Kalamazoo Public Library. The New York Times called “The Submission,” “nervy and absorbing.” more...


August 29, 2012

Kalamazoo Public Library announces Reading Together selection for 2013

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Public Library has announced that Amy Waldman's "The Submission" has been chosen for the 2013 Reading Together program. The selection is a New York Times best-seller that re-imagines the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and the aftermath, according to a news release from the Kalamazoo Public Library. Waldman will visit Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium on March 5 to launch this year's series of events. more...