Join us in a community-wide read of Warren St. John's book, Outcasts United, then join others to talk about it in July. The library can assist in finding copies if needed for the book discussion events. See below for additional programs in June to learn more about refugee issues.
Outcasts United is the story of a team of refugee boys, the remarkable woman who coaches them, and the town where they live, a once-sleepy southern hamlet that has been upended by the process of refugee resettlement. It's a story about the challenges posed by our quickly changing world, and one that reminds us of what is possible in this country when we put our values in action. View the Book Trailer and learn more about diversity in our community.
What others say about Outcasts United:
Warren St. John has written for the New York Observer, The New Yorker, Wired and Slate, in addition to his work as a reporter for The New York Times. His first book, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania (2004), was named one of Sports Illustrated’s best books of the year, and ranked number one on The Chronicle of Higher Education''s list of the best books ever written about collegiate athletics. His second book, Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman''s Quest to Make a Difference was published in the U.S. in April 2009, and subsequently in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan and China. St. John was born in Birmingham, Alabama, where he attended The Altamont School. He studied English literature at Columbia College in New York City, where he now lives with his wife and daughter. View an interview with the author below.
Centerville City Schools has assigned high school students to read Outcasts United over the summer break.
Participating teens in grades 6-12 who read the book may enter a raffle to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
Are you a teen who read Outcasts United for the Community Read? Join us at the Centerville Library and discuss this book with other teens while you enjoy snacks and drinks.