Born a Crime
Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZE
for AMERICAN HUMOR
This memoir depicts Trevor Noah’s unlikely path
from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show.
Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother
his birth was an offence punishable by five years in prison.
Born a Crime
is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows
into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself
in a world where he was never supposed to exist.
From late January through early March 2018 the selected book, and themes in the book, will be highlighted in a series of special events:
Films • Art Exhibits • Discussion Groups • Trivia Nights • Guest Speakers • Happy Hours • Music • Story Times • and more.
See below for event details ~ To view in 7-day calendar style click here.
DECEMBER 2017 – On December 1st 2017 we announced the winning book, Born a Crime, and kicked off the 2018 season of Our Community Reads with a community reception event at the Aptos Library.
During the month of December, the main area of the Aptos Library will feature a display of books from Community Reads programs from around the country.
DECEMBER 9, 2017 – Come see us at the Aptos Farmer’s Market at Cabrillo College ~ 8 a.m. to noon
DECEMBER 16, 2017 – Kelly’s Books in Watsonville ~ free gift wrapping by the Friends of the Aptos Library ~ 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
JANUARY 2018 – Wonderful picture books about bi-racial children and families in the Youth Services Room at the Aptos Library. Display of beautiful, well written, award-winning books selected by Julie Olsen Edwards, Director of Cabrillo College Peace and Anti-Bias Library. Julie is on the selection committee for the National Jane Adams Children’s Social Justice Book Awards & consultant to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture
JANUARY 31st - Film Series at the Aptos Library presents “You Laugh but It’s True” -- Get to know the author as we screen this documentary of Trevor Noah’s comedic rise. A compelling, insightful story and very entertaining. Aptos Library. Popcorn will be provided. ~ 6:30-8:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY 3 - Children’s Story Hour at the Aptos Library for children ages 2 to 5 features Nancy Spangler, Master Teacher and Faculty, Cabrillo College Children’s Center and Early Childhood Education Department for past 22 years. Nancy is also a Quality Enrichment Coach for Encompass supporting early educators in our community. Ages 2 to 5. ~ 10:00-11:00 a.m.
FEBRUARY 6 - TRIVIA NIGHT at Seascape Golf Club in Aptos ~ Come and bring your book club buddies and your friends, for a fun night and a chance to show off your knowledge of facts from Born a Crime and related trivia. Your emcee for the evening will be Supervisor Zach Friend. ~ 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. RSVP a must: email@example.com
FEBRUARY 7 – Delta Students Art Show: “Reflections of Born a Crime” at Pizza 1 on Center Drive, Aptos. Come view Delta School students' art work in response to this witty, at times raw, memoir. Meet some of the student artists. ~ 6 p.m.
FEBRUARY 8 - Aptos Library Book Group Discussion of Born a Crime, led by Judy McNeely ~ 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY 10 - Film Series at the Aptos Library presents “Blazing Saddles” a 1974 American satirical Western comedy film by Mel Brooks. Film expert and educator Mark Hull will introduce the film. Mark became interested in film during his time growing up in Los Angeles while his father was a bit actor, stuntman, and “stand-in”. His connection to this masterpiece by Mel Brooks will surprise you! During his 21 years at Aptos High, Mark developed a Fine Arts elective in Film Appreciation. Popcorn provided. ~ 3:00-5:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 13 - Film Series at the Aptos Library presents “Loving.” This 2016 historical film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, that invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The film will be introduced by Kelsey Doyle, a digital media producer and editor. Her work has been published by media platforms such as National Geographic, PBS, National Science Foundation, and Filmmaker Magazine. Kelsey currently works at Stanford and holds an M.A. from in Documentary Journalism from NYU. She loves working on projects for non-profit organizations centered on humanitarian and wildlife efforts. Popcorn. ~ 6:30-8:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY 15 – Discussion Group for Book Clubs and all readers features Dr. Enrique Buelna, at Aptos High School Library, Upper Campus. Dr. Buelna, Cabrillo College history professor, will lead a lively discussion of themes in the book. Experienced as a regional organizer for political campaigns, Dr. Buelna earned his PhD from UC, Irvine. His dissertation focused on Mexican-American labor activism in Southern California. Enrique is an enthusiastic teacher: “It is my passion to inspire students to greatness and to give them an appreciation for the complexity of historical knowledge.” ~ 6:30-8:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY 17 - Friends of the Aptos Library Book Sale ~ Come shop a terrific selection of gently used books at fantastic prices. Proceeds fund many projects that benefit the Aptos Library and Aptos community. ~ 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
FEBRUARY 18 – Bubbles and Book Chatter at Cantine Wine Pub in Aptos. Come with your book club friends for an informal discussion about Born a Crime. Cantine will feature a Trevor Noah Xhosa Mimosa! ~ 12 - 2 p.m.
FEBRUARY 21 - Speaker Series features Dr. Cath Byrne: “Trevor was born a crime, I was not: reflections on our growing up under apartheid.” - at the Rio Sands Community Room, 116 Aptos Beach Drive. A native of South Africa, Cath grew up just minutes from Trevor Noah’s home. She holds a Master's in International Peace Studies, and post-doctoral work focused on Ethno-Political Conflict. While looking at how apartheid established itself in South African society and within individual psyches, she will discuss her views of how certain structures and ramifications play out in American society. ~ 6:30-8:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY 24 - Speaker Series features Reverend Deborah Johnson - “Making Sense of Racial Nonsense” at the Inner Light Center, 5630 Soquel Drive ~ Founder and president of Inner Light Ministries and of The Motivational Institute, Rev. Johnson is a voice for compassion, equality, and reconciliation, her primary focus has been on coalition building, conflict resolution, public policy development, and cultural sensitivity awareness. ~ 3:00-5:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 27 – Hidden Gems Film Club Series presents “The Color of Friendship” at the Aptos Library ~ Educator and Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools, Michael Watkins, will introduce the film. ~ Based on the true story of a white South African girl who spends a semester with the family of African-American congressman Ron Dellums. ~ Popcorn provided. ~ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
MARCH 1 - Poetry Slam and Art Exhibit at Aptos High School – 100 Mariner Way, Aptos HS Library, Upper Campus. ~ Join us as English students present original works of poetry that reflect the themes of Mr. Noah’s memoir. An art exhibition will be on display by Aptos High art students as a competition to redesign the book jacket of Born a Crime. ~ 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Our Community Reads
is a program launched in August 2017 by the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
The goal is to create a shared experience by having members of the entire Santa Cruz community
- from teens to adults -
all reading the same book.
The themes from
Born a Crime
will be explored
in myriad ways.
This calendar represents the various avenues we are providing for exploring the themes in this humorous memoir.
We hope you'll enjoy the experience!
To view list of events details
in printable pdf format click here.
To view the list of events
in 7-day calendar style click here.