Sunday, March 17, 2002

Author discussion, play enhance 'On The Same Page'

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Greater Cincinnatians participating in On The Same Page will soon have a chance to discuss Ernest J. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying with the author himself and to see the stage adaptation of the novel.

        The book is the centerpiece of On The Same Page, a spring project aimed at bringing our diverse community together through literature. Mr. Gaines' novel, winner of the 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award, was selected for the project by a nine-member community panel on the strength of its focus on relationships and issues of race.

        Theatre of the Mind, the play-reading series at Ensemble Theatre, will present Romulus Linney's stage adaptation ofthe novel at 7 p.m. April 15. (Tickets $5; 421-3555.)

        The following week, Mr. Gaines will take audience questions during a free lecture at 2:30 p.m. April 23 at the University of Cincinnati's Shoemaker Center. (Schools and groups should call Student Affairs and Services at 556-4194 for information about parking.)

        Those who can't catch the afternoon event can call in questions to Mr. Gaines during “On the Same Page: An Evening With Ernest J. Gaines,” a live broadcast 8-9 p.m. April 23 on WCET-TV Channel 48. (The station will also air ""Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories,” a Louisiana Public Television documentary, at 7 p.m. April 21.)

        Discussions of the book at libraries, coffee shops, workplaces and bookstores across Greater Cincinnati begin March 25 at Kaldi's in Over-the-Rhine. On the Same Page discussions and related events are listed on the project Web site and also will be listed in the entertainment calendar beginning next Sunday in Tempo and in “The List” on Fridays in the Weekend section.

        On The Same Page will continue through early May. The project is supported by a partnership of dozens of community groups, including the Enquirer; Cincinnati.Com; WCET Channel 48; WLWT Channel 5; the University of Cincinnati; the public libraries of Hamilton, Montgomery, Kenton, Boone and Butler counties; Cincinnati Magazine, Joseph-Beth Booksellers; and the Cincinnati mayor's office.


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