Celebrating the Written Word 2018

One Parish–One Book

The Hammond Regional Arts Center is joining forces again with the Tangipahoa Parish Public Library’s for A Common Read: One Parish - One Book. Book lovers across Tangipahoa Parish are invited to participate as our parish comes together to read and discuss Kate Moore's nationally acclaimed book, "The Radium Girls." Check out a copy of "The Radium Girls" at any Tangipahoa Parish Public Library branch location, and make plans to visit one of our special events to hear Kate Moore in person.

"The Radium Girls tells the horrifying true story of the young women who worked in radium dial factories in the 1920s and ’30s. Using radium dusted paint to create glow-in-the-dark numbers on watch faces, the “shining girls” became luminous themselves, their clothing and hair dusted with a deadly mist of the toxic poison. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

The book is available to check out from all Tangipahoa Parish Libraries. It will also be available to check out in tote sets for book clubs, senior centers, and classrooms, and there will be copies available to borrow at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.

To stay up-to-date on all events and information relating to the Common Read, take a moment to like our new Celebrating the Written Word Common Read Facebook page! 
For more information on Common Read, please download our Common Read FAQS flyer.
For more information on "The Radium Girls," please download our Kate Moore/Radium Girls flyer.







What is a “Common Read?"

A common read is a program called “Celebrating the Written Word” in which everyone in Tangipahoa Parish is encouraged to read the same book.
What is the purpose of a common read?
1. To encourage reading.
2. To stimulate discussions about the themes in the novel.
3. To foster a sense of community by bringing people together through literature.
Where can I get a copy of The Radium Girls?
All Tangipahoa Parish libraries have multiple copies for patrons to check out. Totes with many copies have been created for loan to book clubs, senior centers, senior high classrooms or any other group interested in reading the novel together. There are also large print and audio book copies at the library branches and e-book copies available through the library’s website at www.tangilibrary.com.
How long will Celebrating the Written Word last?
The program begins May 14th and will culminate in author events on November 2 and 3 of this year.

Common Read Panel Discussion


A panel discussion will be on Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 PM at the Hammond Regional Arts Center

The panelists will include Tom Taff, Ken Bolton, and Tasha Whitton, along with moderator, Barry Bradford.


Featured Panelists for October 25


Bios of Featured Panelists

Tasha Whitton:

Tasha Whitton joined the faculty at Southeastern in 2000 and is the Freshman English and Writing Proficiency Coordinator. She hails from an interdisciplinary educational background, beginning with an undergraduate degree in Biology from Eureka College. She went on to earn an M.A. in American and British Literature at Murray State University and a Ph.D. in Modern History and Literature from Drew University, completing a certificate program in the history of science. She enjoys teaching courses in writing and literature, including the Bible as Literature, World Mythology, African American Literature, and American Autobiography.  


Ken Bolton

Department Head and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Areas of Interest: Gender Studies, Criminology, race and ethnicity


Tom Taff

Mr. Taff has degrees from the University of Mississippi and Tulane University. A resident of the City of Hammond, Mr. Taff enjoys reading environmental history, and Mr. Taff has a particular interest in water law and policy.


Kate Moore Appearances

Friday, November 2nd

Ponchatoula Branch Library

7 p.m. (time subject to change)

Saturday, November 3rd

Hammond Regional Arts Center

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (time subject to change)











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