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2019 'One Book' selection, author visit

Sarasota County announces 2019 'One Book' selection, author visit

Post Date:11/19/2018 4:08 PM

SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources announces the return of the popular One Book, One Community program for 2019 with the selection of David Grann's "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI."

The book details the true story of how the newly created Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered a chilling conspiracy to murder members of the Osage Nation, in Oklahoma. 

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources Director Sarabeth Kalajian said the book was an inspiring choice for the One Book program, because of its stark and honest look at the country's history.

"The purpose of the One Book, One Community program is not only to encourage discovery of new literary voices, but to shine a light on historical topics from which we can learn," said Kalajian. "This true story, as written by David Grann, is probably one that most of us have never heard before, but that's exactly why it's such an important story to share."

The program has recognized local authors as well as world-renowned writers. Each fall, a committee selects the One Book title and then hosts a public event with the author and readers. This celebration includes follow-up programs at county libraries and other venues. Anyone can participate in One Book, One Community by attending a library event or hosting their own book discussion.

The county is kicking off its series of activities with a visit from Sarah O'Donnell from the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in Pawhuska, Okla. O'Donnell will present "The Osage Nation: A Brief History," at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Selby Library's Geldbart Auditorium.

Author David Grann, will speak and sign books at 10:30 a.m.Thursday, Jan. 24 2019, at the Venice Theatre, and again at 7 p.m. at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium in Sarasota. Visit the library's online calendar to register for these free events after Dec. 15. 

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.