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Sacramento community leaders read aloud 'Tom Sawyer'

Published: Monday, Sep. 26, 2011 - 10:50 am | Page 1D

A unique opportunity appeared in March when the Sacramento Public Library announced "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain as the title for its seventh annual The Big Read/One Book Sacramento, in partnership with the Sacramento Bee Book Club.

The Bee collaborated with Access Sacramento - our community media partner in the "Tom Sawyer Project" - to record the entire novel, from the preface to the conclusion.

We went a step further and reached out to an impressive list of people in our community and asked them to participate. Each of them graciously agreed to be filmed reading one of the 35 chapters in "Tom Sawyer." McAvoy Layne, the "Ghost of Mark Twain," recorded the book's preface and the conclusion.

The recordings and the text of each chapter will be posted at daily starting Thursday, the kickoff of The Big Read. The recordings also will be shown on Access Sacramento Cable Channels 17 and 18.

Beginning Thursday and continuing through Oct. 31, you can hear a new chapter being read each day as The Big Read unfolds. Guest readers include McClatchy Co. CEO Gary Pruitt; Sacramento Bee Publisher Cheryl Dell; KFBK news anchor Kitty O'Neal; bestselling novelist John Lescroart; Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson; Sacramento Public Library director Rivkah Sass; and Sactown magazine co-editor Elyssa Lee.

For more information: (916) 264-2920, (916) 321-1128, and

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