2020 ‘Readmont’ launches with graphic novel, The Complete Maus

The Complete Maus is the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe.

Now in its ninth year, Piedmont’s “one city, one book” project is encouraging community members to participate by reading Maus by Art Spiegelman.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus shares the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. The graphic novel form (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust” (The New York Times).

A limited number of copies will be available for checkout at each school library. Additionally, A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair is offering a 20% discount on this title.

Stay tuned for book discussion dates in April. The goal of this shared, common reading experience is to forge positive connections among students, staff, parents and community members, and to encourage reading as a medium of collaboration.

For more information, please contact PHS Librarian Kathryn Levenson at klevenson@piedmont.k12.ca.us or PHS English teacher Beth Black at bblack@piedmont.k12.ca.us.

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