by Ford Dyas
As September 11 rolls around, people often find themselves reflecting on where they were that fateful day in 2001. This year, the Charleston County Library is inviting locals to read, react, and revisit that day with One Book Charleston County's selection of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the international bestseller by Jonathan Foer.
The story is set in New York City following the terrorist attacks and is centered on a 9-year-old boy who is struggling with the loss of his father and his own autism. But this is simply one layer of the story, and it opens itself to a wide discussion which One Book Charleston County hopes to cover through a series of panel discussions on topics ranging from 24-hour media coverage in the modern age to personal stories from 9/11 responders and religion in a post 9/11 world. There will also be a chance to meet Foer, a scavenger hunt for teens based on clues from the book, and screenings of the Academy Award-nominated film, starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock that was based on the book.
Over 600 copies of the book are available for check-out at any one of CCPL's 16 branches around the Lowcountry, and even more audiobooks are available online. The event officially kicks off Sept. 13. Find out more here.