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LCC to Kick-off Annual Community Read on August 27

August 25, 2015

LANSING, MICH. - Lansing Community College invites you to read, engage, and grow by participating in a community reading experience, One Book #OneLCC. Through the lens of a compelling book, One Book #OneLCC encourages the Greater Lansing community to engage in special events, discussions, and community conversations that enhance multicultural knowledge and understanding.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, all members of the LCC community are invited to join in the reading of a compelling and thought-provoking book– The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by New York Times columnist and author, Anand Giridharadas.

Programming surrounding The True American includes exhibits; book and panel discussions; visiting authors and scholars; and student presentations.

Kick-off One Book #OneLCC with special events on Thursday, August 27 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the following downtown campus locations:

The LCC Library, 2nd floor, Technology and Learning Center Building Grab a light snack and learn more about The True American; explore topics like stereotypes, immigration, and American Identity; and score a free copy of the book while supplies last.

The Centre for Engaged Inclusion, StarZone, Gannon Building Listen to immigrant voices about their American experience.

About The True American

The True American tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren’t so lucky, dying at once.

The True American traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives-one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country.

About Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas is an author and New York Times columnist. He writes the "Admit One" column for the arts pages of The Times, and the "Letter from America" for its global edition. He previously wrote the "Currents" and "Letter from India" columns, and from 2005 to 2009 reported on India, from a base in Mumbai, for The Times and the International Herald Tribune.

He is the author of two books of narrative nonfiction: "India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking," about returning to the India his parents left; and "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas," about a Muslim immigrant's campaign to rescue from Texas's Death Row the white supremacist who tried to kill him after 9/11.

For more information about the One Book #OneLCC Community Read program, please contact Victoria Meadows at 517-483-1648 or visit

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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