Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake

namesake_small4The first Children’s Hospital Reads Together program is planned for May 2009.  The planned events include Book Group discussions, a cooking demonstration, Psychiatry Grand Rounds and a staff panel presentation.  Make sure to enter the weekly trivia contest as each week we will award a gift card to the randomly selected winner.  The library has compiled some background information:

Wikipedia has some interesting information on the “bhalo nam” or good name and “dak nam” or nickname.  Apparently this is a tradition unique to Bengali families and not a common practice throughout India. 

New York Times Book Review

Book Group Guide

Author interview from PBS

A great blog on Bengali cooking

Information about Calcutta, India

If you have seen the movie (the library has a copy available for loan), you might be interested in this review.

Seattle, Portland created an extensive Toolbox when they read the book together in 2003.

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