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‘Three Cups of Tea’ selected as county Reads program

Trina Kleist
Sun News Service

GRASS VALLEY “-The selection for next year’s Nevada County Reads program is “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time,” County Librarian Mary Ann Trygg announced Tuesday.

The best-selling book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin relates the true story of Mortenson’s 1993 stay in a remote Pakistani village while recuperating from a failed attempt to climb the Himalayan peak of K2, and how he fulfilled a commitment he made to a village child to build a school.

Three versions of the story ” the original edition for adults, an adaptation for young readers and a picture book for children in the early grades ” make it a selection that readers of all ages can enjoy, Trygg said.

The program is scheduled to kick off in the spring of 2009, though a date has not been set, Trygg said.

The annual program encourages members of local book clubs and individuals to read the same tome in the early part of the year, and it offers educational programs on the selection’s theme. It’s a way to encourage reading and bring the community together at the same time, Trygg has said.

“Three Cups” has spent 92 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. The adaptation “Three Cups of Tea: Young Readers Edition” is intended for children ages 9 to 11.

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The third book, “Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea,” retells the story through the voices of the village children, and is intended for children ages 6 to 8, Trygg said.

Local bookstores have copies of the original book, and orders for the two children’s versions are expected to be filled when the volumes are published in January, Trygg said.

Nevada County libraries also will have copies.

Enrichment activities are expected to include a community discussion night, and information about Mortenson’s campaign as founder of the Central Asia Institute to ensure the growth of literacy on a global scale. He has helped build 78 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and found a special need for education for girls, Trygg said.

Mortenson also founded Pennies for Peace in 1995, funded by student donations for various causes including buying supplies for the schools founded by Mortenson. The nonprofit has raised $1.2 million, according to an article about the books in Publisher’s Weekly.

Citizens Bank is supporting this year’s activities for Nevada County Reads, a joint effort of the county library system, the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office and interested individuals.

Previous authors have included local writer Jordan Fisher Smith’s “Nature Noir,” Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” David Mas Masumoto’s “Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on my Family Farm,” and “Holes” by Louis Sachar.