‘The Nickel Boys’ Selected As County’s Read Together Book

The Nickel Boys, a powerful tale of human perseverance, dignity and redemption, was recently announced as the 2020 Read Together Palm Beach County book during the Literacy Coalition’s annual Mayors’ Literacy Initiative.

Author Colson Whitehead won a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for the work of historical fiction. He also won the coveted prize in 2016 for The Underground Railroad.

The Nickel Boys was inspired by the revelations about the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. The school, which was in operation from 1900 to 2011, was originally intended as a refuge for troubled children. But throughout its history, the reform school gained a reputation for abuse and even murder.

The Literacy Coalition’s Read Together campaign encourages adults throughout Palm Beach County to read the same book at the same time.

The goal is to get people engaged in discussing the themes of the book and to help entice those who can read, but seldom do, to get in the habit of reading again.

The Literacy Coalition and libraries throughout the county are planning book discussions and events through November as part of the campaign. The Nickel Boys is recently out in paperback and is readily accessible at libraries and bookstores. The book can also be purchased through the Literacy Coalition for a $10 donation.

Read Together 2020 sponsors so far include Greenberg-Traurig and Chris and Tom Streit. Sponsorships for the 12th Read Together Palm Beach County campaign are also available. This community reading initiative is not a fundraiser but helps support the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s mission to improve the quality of life in the community by promoting and achieving literacy.

For more details, visit www.literacypbc.org or call (561) 279-9103.