Highlights from Memphis Reads 2015


Kickoff Event

During the month of November, hundreds of Memphians came together for a series of events put on by local partners of MR. The monthlong reading initiative began with a kickoff event at the Memphis Library, in which the Mayor and local partners announced the title of the book and upcoming events.

Film Screening of The Good Lie

The series continued with a film screening of The Good Lie at the Memphis Library and Information Center, followed by a Q & A session with lost boy Joseph Atem, who came to the United States around the same time as What is the What protagonist Valentino Achak Deng. 


Panel Discussion with Valentino 

Prior to the marquee book talk with Dave Eggers was a panel discussion with lost boy and protagonist Valentino Achak Deng, who spoke about the making of the book and additional background information on his life. The event took place at Rhodes College. You can watch his talk and panel discussion below: 


The series concluded with a book talk and Q & A with author Dave Eggers and Valentino, drawing hundreds throughout the Mid-South to the Creative Arts building at Tiger Lane. You can see photos from the event below: