Nashville Public Library this spring will launch the second NashvilleReads, a citywide reading campaign to encourage teens and adults to read the same book at the same time to create a shared experience of reading in the city.“The Life of Pi,” a novel by internationally acclaimed author Yann Martel, is the book selection for Nashville Reads. Martel will present a lecture March 2 at Nashville Public Library as a kickoff to the event.“This vibrant novel is a great example of a book that sparks both imagination and contemplation,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “It’s a great read, and I encourage teens and adults to join me in Nashville Reads and participate in community events and discussions.”Nashville Reads is a program of the Nashville Public Library and is supported by many community institutions. It is a partnership between the office of Mayor Karl Dean, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Houghton Mifflin and the Nashville Public Library Foundation.There will be moderated book discussions and other events around “The Life of Pi,” along with a movie showing.“It is exciting to continue Nashville Reads with such a timely and thoughtful piece of literature,” said Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library director. “The library will once again be center stage as we delve into a wonderful piece of storytelling.”Last year’s inaugural Nashville Reads selection was “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a novel by internationally acclaimed author Margaret Atwood. Atwood was the recipient of the 2012 Nashville Public Library Literary Award, and she delivered a free public lecture last fall.About Yann Martel:Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. Life of Pi won the 2002 Man Booker Prize and has been translated into more than 40 languages. A #1 New York Times bestseller, it spent sixty-nine weeks on the list and was adapted to the screen by Ang Lee.He is also the author of the novels Beatrice and Virgil and Self, the collection of stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. He lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.