NORWAY – “River Town; Two Years on the Yangtze” by Peter Hessler is the next book for discussion at the Norway Memorial Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1.

It is the second in a series of five books being read on China in connection with the 2007 One Book One Community; Oxford Hills Reads program.

The series is open to the public, and books are available to purchase or borrow at the Norway Memorial Library.

Hessler is the Beijing correspondent for the New Yorker magazine, but he wrote “River Town” in 2001 after returning from China as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1996-1998. He went to teach English in a teacher’s college in the town of Fuling at the confluence of the Yangtze and Wu rivers in the heart of the Sichuan province. It was then a remote part of China that had seen no American visitors for more than 50 years, and it had no roadways. He went by a river boat.

“River Town” is about a small part of China at a brief period in time. Fuling is one of the cities on the Yangtze that is being partially flooded by the new Three Gorges Dam.

The discussion will be facilitated by library staff, and the public is invited to participate. For more information about joining the discussion, call the library at 743-5309.


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