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Escondido Public Library is a proud partner of the One Book, One San Diego program, along with KPBS and libraries throughout San Diego. Launched in 2007, the program encourages everyone in the San Diego and the Northern Baja region to read and discuss the same book. One Book is selected for four categories of readers: adults, teens, kids and Spanish speakers. The program is funded by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, the City of San Diego, the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Lloyd Pest Control, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and the Payne Family Foundation. For over a decade, One Book, One San Diego has enhanced leisure reading through meaningful community engagement. One Book, One San Diego is a community reading program. The purpose of the program is to bring together our community and encourage residents to join together in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. 

The 2019 selections for One Book, One San Diego are: 

2019 One Book, One San Diego

One Book, One San Diego - Author Rebecca MakkaiPhoto Credit: Benjamin Busch

The 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai.

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

Guide to "The Great Believers"

 

2019 Events

 

One Book One San Diego Family Storytime

Saturday, September 7, 2019; 10:30–11:30 a.m.; Children’s Room; Children & Families

Join us for a special storytime as we celebrate this year’s One Book One San Diego Kids’ book, Dreamers / Sonadores by Yuyi Morales.

One Book, One San Diego 2019 Launch Event With Author Rebecca Makkai

Thursday, September 19 2019; 7:00–9:00 p.m.; Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

KPBS presents Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers, the 2019 One Book, One San Diego. The Great Believers is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions, through a story about friendship and redemption the face of tragedy and loss, set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.
Tickets are free but registration is required at www.kpbs.org/onebook

2nd Tuesday Book Club

Tuesday, October 8, 2019; 5:30-6:45 p.m.; Turrentine Room; Adults

2nd Tuesday Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a book the group has chosen a few months in advance. New members are always welcome. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club choice for October, is the One Book, One San Diego selection The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai.

Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club

Saturday, October 19, 2019; 10:30-11:45 a.m.; Board Room; Adults

Rincón Literario is the Library’s bilingual book club. Discussions take place in English and Spanish. New members are always welcome! The Rincón Literario choice for October, is the One Book, One San Diego selection The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai.

2018 One Book, One San DiegoCongressman Jon Lewis with March book cover

Credit: Carlos Gonzalez / The1point8

The 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, March: Book One, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

This graphic novel is Congressman John Lewis' first-hand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book One spans Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a climax on the steps of City Hall. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington D.C., and from receiving beatings from state troopers, to receiving the Medal of Freedom awarded to him by Barack Obama, the first African-American president.

Guide to "March: Book One"

2017 One Book, One San DiegoAuthor Chris Bohjalian with his book "The Sandcastle Girls."

 

In 2017 One Book, One San Diego was proud to present The Sandcastle Girls by New York Times bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian.

The Sandcastle Girls is a multi-generational tale that spans nearly 100 years.  It is initially set in Syria during World War I and focuses on the Armenian Genocide. “These days it is very important for me to tell people that I am the grandson of two Middle Eastern immigrants,” Bohjalian said. “We are a nation of refugees and immigrants. The novel is set in Aleppo - yes, that Aleppo that has broken all of our hearts the last five years - and the city as it appears in the novel exists now only in romance and memory.”

Teen/Tween Selection: I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached 
Kids Selection: My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo
One Book Sin Fronteras Selection: La Bastarda de Estambul by Elif Shafak

Guide to "The Sandcastle Girls"

2016 One Book, One San DiegoAuthor Carlos Eire

In 2016 One Book, One San Diego was proud to present Waiting for Snow in Havana by National Book Award-winning author, Carlos Eire.

Waiting for Snow in Havana is Carlos Eire’s beautiful, nostalgia-laced memoir of his childhood in Cuba, the country he left in 1962 at age 11. Using humor, magical realism and lyrical language, Eire paints a portrait of a childhood shattered forever by the Cuban Revolution. He was one of 14,000 Cuban children brought to the U.S. without their parents as part of Operation Peter Pan. He is now a professor of religion and history at Yale University.

Guide to "Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy"

2015 One Book, One San Diego

 

In 2015 One Book, One San Diego was proud to present The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Read the KPBS article to learn more about our 2015 author and book. The accompanying young adult (middle school) title is The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley and the children's companion title is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce.

2014 One Book, One San Diego

In 2014 One Book, One San Diego was proud to present Monstress: Stories by Lysley Tenorio. The accompanying young adult (middle school) title was American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang and the children's companion title was Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore.

2013 One Book, One San Diego

In 2013 One Book, One San Diego was proud to present Geraldine Brooks' novel Caleb's Crossing. The accompanying young adult (middle school) and children's companion titles were Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith and Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris.

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