“Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley
Living Literature celebrates its thirteen year association with Reading Across Rhode Island in creating a 3 person 45 minute readers theatre presentation of the debut novel from Ojibwe author Angeline Boulley. A contemplative exploration of existing between two cultural identities meets romance meets backwoods thriller. But Firekeeper’s Daughter, the Reading Across Rhode Island 2022 book selection, is so much more than a thriller or a mystery. The author’s love for and connection to her culture is so deeply engraved into the very heart of this book, creating a deeply engaging mystery that illuminates far more than the expected whodunnit.
Through the multiple lenses of theater, literature and science, local professional actors will perform a 45 minute readers’ theater adaptation of Rising, Dispatches from the New American Shore, by local author Elizabeth Rush (Reading Across Rhode Island’s 2020 selection). Beginning with nearby Jacob’s Point in Warren to the San Francisco Bay Area, this book will both inform and inspire our community to engage in this urgent topic in small ways and large. The performance will be followed by conversation and Q and A about the book, and climate change adaptation in our community. We will partner with a local expert from Save the Bay, to help guide the conversation. Two copies of the book will be given out as prizes! This performance was developed as part of RI Center for the Book’s Reading Across Rhode Island programming.
Becoming Muhammad Ali
Living Literature, now celebrating its 25th year, presents a 30 minute, readers theatre version of Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander, the Kids Reading Across Rhode Island’s 2021 book selection. Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson, two heavy-hitters in children’s literature, join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing.