This year's Reading Across Rhode Island (RARI) selection is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The selection deals with themes of identity, race relations, police shootings/violence, gang life, Tupac and hip-hop/rap music, and family. The film Fruitvale Station deals with similar themes in a moving and thoughtful portrait of a true life event. We will conduct a post-film discussion about the film, and how it relates to The Hate U Give. Find more about RARI here.
Fruitvale Station is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: Being a better son to his mother, being a better partner to his girlfriend, and being a better father to T, their beautiful four-year-old daughter. Then he's gunned down by BART officers on New Year's Day in 2009, sending shock waves through our nation. Find more about the movie, including reviews, here.
Released in 2013. 85 minutes. Rated R for some violence, language throughout, and some drug use.
There will also be a performance of the book by Living Literature on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 pm. Additionally, the library will hold two book discussions: the first is on Thursday, April 5 at 10 am, and the second is on Monday, April 9 at 7 pm.