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After receiving 273 book recommendations, Mayor Bart Peterson and the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (IMCPL) have chosen Frank Abagnale’s Catch Me If You Can as this year’s choice for the One Book, One City — Indy’s Choice program. This year’s theme was “What if all of Indianapolis read a real page-turner?”

Abagnale’s true-life account of his legendary feats of fraud and impersonation earned him the nickname “The Skywayman.” Masquerading as a Pan Am pilot, hospital resident, lawyer and sociology professor, this teen-age con artist was able to forge $2.5 million in checks and elude authorities. Catch Me If You Can is the fascinating story of one man’s need to outwit the rules designed to protect individuals and community.

“This book will appeal to a wide audience,” Peterson said. “It’s a book you won’t be able to put down because you have to read on to find out what happens.”

More than 1,000 commemorative copies of Catch Me If You Can will be available to check out from library shelves. Everybody who checks out the book from branch libraries will receive a commemorative lapel pin. In addition, the library will offer copies of the book for $10 at each branch with proceeds benefiting the Library Foundation. Area bookstores have ordered regular-priced copies as well to ensure that those interested will have easy access to the book. This year, the library also is selling copies of the Catch Me If You Can DVD — Steven Spielberg’s 2004 box office hit starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Throughout January, residents will be encouraged to participate in book discussions and other One Book-related programming at their local libraries and other locations.

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