DEARBORN – The public is invited to enjoy entertainment celebrating diversity and promoting reading during the kickoff of The Big Read March 18 in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. The event is free.
The kickoff begins at 3 p.m. with performances inside the Michael A. Guido Theater by the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, B.F. Raices Mexicanas de Detroit, Maples Music Ensemble, Nadanta (Indian Classical and Bollywood Fusion), and the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America Tatry Dancers (Polish).
Theater doors open at 2:45 p.m.
The 2018 Big Read Dearborn, presented by the Dearborn Public Library in partnership with community organizations, is celebrating Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Namesake.”
The novel focuses on a married couple from India who immigrate to America, their children who were born in the United States, and the differences in their experiences, which is a common occurrence for immigrant families of all backgrounds.
In the novel, the son is given an unusual name, steeped in meaning. How that name impacts his life is a defining feature of the story.
Also in the theater on March 18 will be the premiere of a film on immigration stories with contributions from community leaders. The film was produced by CDTV, part of the city’s Department of Public Information.
Audience members also will have the chance to have their own stories recorded by CDTV following the performances.
Also on March 18:
• Free copies of “The Namesake” will be distributed.
• The public may also submit their family’s favorite recipe or favorite story to be included in a community publication. Everyone who participates will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a great prize.
• Pariticpants can also be entered to win a great prize just by attending the kickoff, as well as other events, throughout The Big Read. The winner will be announced at the Wrap Up Event on April 28.