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Amarillo Reads joins AC to read autobiography

By Brad Newman

The Amarillo Reads communitywide book club has chosen Rick Bragg's memoir "All Over but the Shoutin'" as its fall selection.

Amarillo Reads, part of the Celebrate Education program spearheaded by the Amarillo Globe-News and its corporate partners, announced the choice Wednesday.

The program is joining with Amarillo College, which chose the same book as its 2008 common reader.

"All Over but the Shoutin'," published in 1997, chronicles Bragg's life story, from a boy growing up in the South to his days as a Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist with The New York Times.

Bragg will visit Amarillo on Oct. 7 and present a free lecture at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.

"The community whose citizens read will be a healthier, stronger and smarter community," Amarillo Mayor Debra McCartt said Wednesday.

Olive Ann Burns' novel, "Cold Sassy Tree," was chosen as Amarillo Reads spring selection earlier this year.

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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