Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, City-Parish Councilman Brandon Shelvin and One Acadiana President Jason El Koubi will lead a community discussion on the book “A Long Walk to Water” during a forum at 6 p.m. Monday at the South Regional Library.

The panel discussion will focus on The New York Times best-selling book, the selection for the Lafayette Reads Together community literacy campaign. A small reception will follow the discussion.

The book, by Linda Sue Park, tells the true story of Salva Dut, a Lost Boy of Sudan, as he survived incredible odds to improve the quality of life for the people of southern Sudan. The Lost Boys of Sudan were the boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War of 1983–2005.

The Lafayette Reads Together campaign, presented by Cox Communications, has included several community programs and activities related to the book and its themes that continue through next month.

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