Published: Aug. 13, 2010

MSU, East Lansing to come together this fall for One Book program

Contact(s): Ginny Haas Governmental Affairs office: (517) 353-9001, Ami Van Antwerp City of East Lansing office: (517) 319-6927

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State University and the city of East Lansing will come together this fall with a series of events surrounding the 2010 One Book, One Community selection, “Zeitoun,” by Dave Eggers.

Eggers’ visit will mark the fifth-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the U.S. and the backdrop of Eggers’ bestselling book.

“Zeitoun” tells the true story of one man’s struggle to survive in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina amidst the chaos that overtook New Orleans.

Eggers will speak to the community in person at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the East Lansing High School auditorium, 509 Burcham Dr., East Lansing. Admission is free and seating is first-come, first served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Eggers also will speak at the MSU Academic Welcome 9 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The public is welcome to attend.

In addition, community members can meet the Zeitouns by attending “Five Years Later: An Evening with Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun,” 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. The Zeitouns will discuss their first-hand account of the story shared in “Zeitoun.” Admission is free and attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The annual One Book, One Community program, sponsored by MSU and the city of East Lansing, encourages the community to read the same book and discuss in a variety of settings. The book is an assigned reading for all incoming MSU freshmen.

Additional community and campus events are planned around the themes in “Zeitoun.” For more information about events, visit


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Dave Eggers, author of “Zeitoun.” Courtesy photo

Dave Eggers, author of “Zeitoun.” Courtesy photo

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