STAMFORD — The Ferguson Library’s Big Read, featuring the prize-winning memoir “Brother, I’m Dying” by Haitian-American author Edwidge Danitcat, kicks off with the author’s visit Sunday and a performance by vocalist Emeline Michel following a discussion of the book.

The Big Read, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, will continue through October with a series of programs at the library and elsewhere.

“NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book,” the library said in a news release.

“Brother, I’m Dying” is the incoming read for all University of Connecticut-Stamford freshmen this fall.

The performance at 3 p.m. Sunday in the main library DiMattia Building will incorporate several of Danitcat’s favorite poems.

The library will host discussions on the book Monday at the library’s Weed Memorial & Hollander Branch at 11:30 a.m., and at the DiMattia Building at 6 p.m. They continue Oct. 16 at the Stamford Senior Center at 2 p.m., and at the Harry Bennett Bennett Branch at 7 p.m.

Angelucci Manigat, publisher of trilingual newspaper The Haitian Voice and executive director of UNESCO Center for Global Friendship, will lead a discussion at the South End Branch on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Gregory Pierrot ,of UConn-Stamford’s English Department, will talk about the major themes in “Brother, I’m Dying” at the DitMattia Building on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.

For more information or to register for the kick-off event Sunday, visit