2014 Community Read
Clash of Civilizations Over An Elevator In Piazza Vittorio
by Amara Lakhous
The Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Cornell University’s New Student Reading Project, has announced the selection of Amara Lakhous’s Clash of Civilizations Over An Elevator In Piazza Vittorio as the 2014 Community Read.
Clash of Civilizations Over An Elevator In Piazza Vittorio is a mix of satire and murder mystery about a small culturally mixed community living in an apartment building in Rome. It is narrated by the unique, comical and outspoken residents each taking a turn at telling their side of the story. Topics for discussion inspired by the book include emigration and immigration, ethnic stereotyping and anthropology.
Copies of the Cornell edition of Clash of Civilizations Over An Elevator In Piazza Vittorio will be available in the Library on Tuesday, July 1st for patrons to check out. Additional copies are also available from the community libraries in Caroline and Danby, from the rural libraries in Dryden, Groton, Lansing, Newfield and Trumansburg, and can be borrowed through the Finger Lakes Library System.
Now in its 13th year, the Community Read encourages community members to experience the bond of literature by reading and discussing the same title.
A full list and information about programs related to the 2014 Community Read can be found on our Events page.
- Attend one of the Library's book discussion groups to help you lead your own book group!
- Learn about author Amara Lakhous, as well as review Cornell University's discovery questions and the publisher's questions for Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio and other books by Amara Lakhous in our World Languages collection - 2014 Community Read - Books by Amara Lakhous in World Languages at TCPL
- Check out the books Ithaca’s been reading each year since 2002 for the Community Read in our archive.
Book groups or area agencies interested in obtaining copies for their groups can contact the Library. For more information about the Community Read, or to receive copies for a book group, please contact Teresa Vadakin at 272-4557 ext. 272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Community Read programs are free and open to the public.
The 2014 Community Read is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University.