Book Finalists Chosen for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009

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The theme of the 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program is The Universe: Yours to Discover. Three books have been chosen as finalists for the community read and are available at AADL. Request the books online or visit the display in the lobby of the Downtown Library.

The three book finalists are available in alternative formats for those who are unable to read or use printed materials due to a physical disability (blindness, macular degeneration, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, dyslexia, etc.). Please contact the Library of Michigan Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at 1-800-992-9012 for more information.

The finalists are:

Timothy Ferris, Seeing In The Dark: How Amateur Astonomers Are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe. New York: Simon & Schuster, c2002.

Homer Hickam, Rocket Boys: A Memoir. New York: Delacorte Pres, 1998.

Dava Sobel, The Planets. New York: Viking, 2005.

A selection committee of community leaders, librarians, and students in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area will meet in October to choose the book that will be the focus for 2009.

Community members are encouraged to visit the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti website -aaypsireads.org - and blog about their favorite of the three finalists. Committee members will be reading the blogs.