From Feb. 16 to March 16, Anaheim Public Library will lead a communitywide reading and exploration of the 1993 novel, which celebrates the heroism of resisting and defying the expected. Throughout the month, Anaheim Library will give out copies of “A Lesson Before Dying,” lead book and panel discussions and host story times focused on Black History Month.
“A Lesson Before Dying” is set in the late 1940s in the fictional town of Bayonne, La. The novel depicts the struggle of a young black man convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. The powerful tale provides a vivid historical perspective on the themes of race, crime, and injustice in the United States. Residents can read “A Lesson Before Dying” and join in a series of events by Anaheim Public Library and other community groups from Feb. 16 through March 16.
Kick off the celebration with live jazz music, soul food by Georgia’s Restaurant and the award-winning young adult author and speaker Brandy Colbert at Central Library on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.
Colbert’s “Little & Lion” is a contemporary story that explores a teen’s identity, mental health, and internal struggle. “Little & Lion” is the winner of the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award and was named the American Library Association’s Best Fictionfor Young Adults in 2018.
“Little & Lion” is the teen companion book for “A Lesson Before Dying.” Copies of both books will be given away at the event and are available for unlimited eBook download through your Anaheim Library card.