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Year Ten


And the Mountains Echoed
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Monthly Schedule
October 2013
Advance Screening of 12 Years a Slave
10/23/2013
Bow Tie Cinemas, 19 Railroad Place

January 2014
Kick Off Event: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
01/11/2014
Empire State College, 113 West Avenue
Join us at 1:30 p.m. for a screening of the film "Kandahar" followed by a discussion related to the themes of this year's selected book And the Mountains Echoed. Event will include sampling of regional food, provided by Istanblue Mediterranean Restaurant.

Books and Tea Book Discussion
01/16/2014
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
Join the Book and Tea group at 3:00 p.m. for a book discussion of this year's Saratoga Reads! book And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

Book Discussion at the Moreau Community Center
01/25/2014
Moreau Community Center, 144 Main St, S Glens Falls, NY
Saratoga Reads is hosting a discussion of And The Mountains Echoed at 2pm at the Moreau Community Center. The event is free and open to the public. The discussion will be led by Kerri Ketcham, an English teacher at South Glens Falls High School. This event is made possible by a grant from the South Glens Falls Education Foundation. Copies of the book are available to South Glens Falls community members. Please call Donna Nichols at the Moreau Community Center for details at 792-6007.

February 2014
Photographic Exhibit
02/03/2014 - 03/31/2014
Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway
Photographs from humanitarian photojournalist Connie Frisbee Houde will be on display from Feb 3 - Mar 31. She has traveled to Afghanistan five times from 2003-2010. This exhibit complements Saratoga Reads’ winning book, And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini. For more information, visit: http://globalphotographer.wordpress.com/. Gallery: 9am - 5pm M - F, Saturday 11am- 5pm and when Film Forum is operating.

Adult Book Discussion, 7PM
02/06/2014 - 02/06/2014
Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
As part of Saratoga Reads 10th season, Northshire Bookstore is hosting a book discussion of this year’s book of choice, And the Mountains Echoed. Join Northshire booksellers for a fascinating in-depth talk about this emotional book.

Junior Book Discussion Group: Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
02/06/2014
Saratoga Springs Public Library
6:30-8 PM
Students in grades 3-6 are invited to join Saratoga Springs High School students and Skidmore students in a discussion focusing on the book Extra Credit by Andrew Clements. The book explores an unlikely pen-pal relationship between Illinois sixth-grader Abby Carson and Sadeed Bayat, the best English-language student in his Afghan village. This book is a junior companion book chosen to complement And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. This program is also offered on February 13; students should select one night. Register by emailing kids@saratogareads.org

LEGO Contest: Create an original Lego model inspired by your favorite book!
02/08/2014
Division Street Elementary School, 220 Division St, Saratoga Spr.
Create an original Lego model on your own, with your family or with your friends! Prizes will be awarded at each grade level.
A special prize will be awarded to the “most Saratoga Reads!” entry.

Click here for entry form and contest rules

Send entry form and fee by January 31st.

Junior Book Discussion Group: Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
02/13/2014
Saratoga Springs Public Library
6:30-8 PM
Students in grades 3-6 are invited to join Saratoga Springs High School students and Skidmore students in a discussion focusing on the book Extra Credit by Andrew Clements. The book explores an unlikely pen-pal relationship between Illinois sixth-grader Abby Carson and Sadeed Bayat, the best English-language student in his Afghan village. This book is a junior companion book chosen to complement And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. This program is also offered on February 6; students should select one night. Register by emailing kids@saratogareads.org

Winter Break Art Program for Kids
02/19/2014 - 02/19/2014
Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery, Skidmore College
This program will run from 10-11:30 a.m. We will talk about the junior selection The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, illustrated by Tricia Tusa. We hope you will read the book before you come! After the art activity, you are invited to have lunch in Skidmore's Dining Hall and meet some of the Skidmore chefs. Cost is $7 per person. Call 580-8008 to reserve your space for lunch. This program is suitable for children age 6 and up, and is free and open to the public. Space is limited so please call the Tang Museum for reservations, 580-8080.

March 2014
Photographic Exhibit
03/01/2014 - 03/31/2014
Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway
Photographs from humanitarian photojournalist Connie Frisbee Houde will be on display from Feb 3 - Mar 31. She has traveled to Afghanistan five times from 2003-2010. This exhibit complements Saratoga Reads’ winning book, And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini. For more information, visit: http://globalphotographer.wordpress.com/. Gallery: 9am - 5pm M - F, Saturday 11am- 5pm and when Film Forum is operating.

Celebrate Twelve Years A Slave at Saratoga Film Forum’s Oscar event
03/02/2014 - 03/02/2014
Merry Monk, 84 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Join the Saratoga Film Forum for their annual Oscars events from 6-8 p.m. and root for academy-award nominated "12 Years a Slave!" Come as a movie star, your favorite film character, or come as you are! Cost is $50 and includes hors d'oeuvres, 1 free drink, Red Carpet photo op, and American Hustle dance performance and intro Hustle lesson with Tango Fusion Dance Company. Go to www.saratogafilmforum.org and click the Oscar Cocktail Party button to register for the event.

Book Discussion for Prestwick Chase Residents
03/05/2014
Prestwick Chase
Members of the Prestwick Chase community are invited to discuss And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini at their Book Club discussion night. The discussion will be lead by Skidmore students Ovgu and Oycu Bozgeyik and professor Dr. Catherine Golden.

Books and Brunch: Reinvented!
03/09/2014 - 03/09/2014
The Crown Grill
On Sunday, March 9th, dine at Crown Grill anytime between the hours of 11:30 am and 10 pm and 15% of your order will be a donation to Saratoga Reads! Raffles and displays relating to the themes of our 10th Anniversary Book, And the Mountains Echoed will be taking place as well. RSVP to fundraising@saratogareads.org.

Open discussion on Best Picture
03/19/2014 - 03/19/2014
Wilson Chapel, Skidmore College
Come and meet two contributors from Skidmore and Union colleges to the 12 Years a Slave story, and learn about the original book by Solomon Northrup of Saratoga Springs on which the Oscar winning movie was based. Rachel Seligman, our Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Tang Museum, and Clifford Brown, Robert Porter Patterson Professor of Government at Union College, will tell about their groundbreaking exhibit on this American slave story and their biography of Solomon Northrup. Event runs from 7-8 p.m.

Dinner & A Movie with Saratoga Reads & Saratoga Film Forum
03/30/2014 - 03/30/2014
320 Broadway
Pre-event dinner: Istanblue Mediterranean Cuisine, 68 Congress St.(Congress Plaza). Make reservations 48 hrs prior to event (581-0181), mention “Saratoga Reads” to get our special Prix Fixe menu. Istanblue Restaurant No liquor license; corkage fee applies. Saratoga Film Forum program begins 7:30 pm - come early for seating; plan dinner accordingly. Chef Emrah has prepared our Prix Fixe menu - $35 (value $50) includes Appetizer platter- hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel, pita, stuffed grape leaves. Choice of entrée: Moussaka, chicken or lamb Adana, Vegetable sauté. Choice of Turkish coffee or dessert (Kadayif). Bring book clubs, family, friends and savor foods from the regions in our documentary.
Pre-screening presentation (7:30pm): Humanitarian photojournalist Connie Frisbee Houde traveled to Afghanistan five times between 2003-2010. She’s eager to share her images of real people and the land of Afghanistan. In addition, view her photographs exhibited in Film Forum’s lobby through March 31st.
Following her presentation, screening of "A View From a Grain of Sand" (Meena Nanji, 2006). This documentary chronicles the last 30 years of Afghanistan's history as lived by three Afghan women. Shot in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a doctor, teacher and social activist tell how they were violently affected by wars, different regimes in Afghanistan. Yet through their loss, these women endured. $5 for Film Forum members; $7 for community.

April 2014
Celebrate National Poetry Month
04/02/2014 - 04/02/2014
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
Poetry has a strong presence in this year's winning book and Saratoga Reads is proud to celebrate National Poetry Month at this month's Poetry Open Mic event at Caffe Lena! The evening will feature local poets, Catherine Norr & Susan Riback. Even if you don’t want to read, come listen and enjoy! Light menu available. Doors open and sign-up begins at 7. Readings begin at 7:30. Please plan to share one long poem or two short poems, altogether lasting no more than three to five minutes. All ages and styles welcome. No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door; cost is $5.

An Evening with Khaled Hosseini
04/05/2014
Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College
RESCHEDULED! Join Saratoga Reads for a rare and unique opportunity to see Khaled Hosseini, one of the world's most widely read and beloved authors, in an unscripted and intimate conversation. Event will begin at 7 p.m. Book signing to follow. All tickets and reservations for the previously scheduled February 12 date will be honored on April 5. The event will be audio and video simulcast in the Gannett, Davis, and Emerson auditoriums of Palamountain Hall at Skidmore College for those who were unable to get a ticket for the event. If you are unable to make the new date, please return your tickets to the Zankel box office. If a block of tickets becomes available for the April 5 date, an announcement will be made through the Saratoga Reads email list and website. For ticket questions call 518-580-5321. For general event questions call 518-580-8008

Meet the Candidates
04/09/2014
H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library
Voting for the 2014-15 book opens on April 1! Come and "meet" the candidates! The evening will include a brief introduction to each of the finalists, and will also include some insider info on books to look out for from SSPL Director, Ike Pulver. There will be refreshments, giveaways and door prizes. Event starts at 7 p.m.

Elections are not what you think they are: Youth, Intervention and the Future of Afghanistan.
04/15/2014
Skidmore College, Filene Recital Hall
Noah Coburn is a political anthropologist at Bennington College and former professor at Skidmore. He is the author of Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan and Bazaar Politics. He has just returned from monitoring the presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan for Chatham House. After 13 years of NGOs, international troops, aid money and diplomacy, the intervention in Afghanistan appears to be winding down. The 2014 elections will mark a clear point of transition. What lies ahead, particularly for the youth of Afghanistan? What is the impact of aid on governance structures? Looking particularly at youth participation in the recent elections, this talk will examine the legacy of the intervention in Afghanistan and in particular the ways in which elections have reshaped the political landscape. The 6 p.m. event will be followed by a reception.

Bus Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC
04/27/2014 - 04/27/2014
Chartered bus trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) to tour their Islamic Art wing and French Impressionist galleries. Our book takes us to Afghanistan & Paris so we’ll travel there in our minds by exploring their art & culture. Come join us!

more information

Senior Center Book Club Discussion
04/29/2014
Senior Center of Saratoga, 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs
Join the Senior Center Book Club for a discussion of this year's winning book! Book discussion runs from 3-4 p.m.

May 2014
Revisiting Afghanistan with Saratoga Reads
05/06/2014 - 05/27/2014
See locations in description below
*Open to Academy for Lifelong Learning members
Tuesday, 9 - 11 a.m., 4 weeks: May 6 only: Room 142, 113 West Avenue; May 11, 20, 27, Room 104, 111 West Ave.

LEADERS:
Liz Marcinko is a retired teacher, avid reader and book club member. Liz is a member of the Nominating Committee for Saratoga Reads.

Mary Sommers also is a retired teacher, avid reader and book club member.

Join with the Saratoga Springs community in reading the Tenth Anniversary Saratoga Reads Book Selection, “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, celebrated author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” During the first three sessions, guest speakers will share their knowledge of the history, government and culture of Afghanistan. The final session will be a facilitated book discussion of the novel.

Readings: Khaled Hosseini; “And The Mountains Echoed”

June 2014
Saratoga Reads Night at Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio
06/03/2014 - 06/03/2014
Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio, 80 Henry Street
On Tuesday, June 3rd, Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio will host Saratoga Reads night. A local artist will provide step-by-step instruction for participants to create an original piece of art related to the theme of this year’s book. More details will be provided shortly.

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