Thanks so much for the overwhelming response for our One Book Sarasota author David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon! Both events were very well attended, and I am happy to have heard back from many of you how much you enjoyed it! He was thoughtful and well-spoken, and enjoyed talking to folks and signing their books!
This was the 16th year for One Book Sarasota, and over the years we’ve celebrated the works of John D. MacDonald, hosted Tim Dorsey (Hurricane Punch), Connie May Fowler (Remembering Blue), Pulitzer Prize winner Tracey Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains), Bryan Mealer (Muck City),Cristina Baker Kline (Orphan Train), Daniel James Brown (The Boys in the Boat), and Daniel Bergner (Sing For Your Life).
Which book will we pick for next year and which author will be coming to town? Stay tuned!
Follow our progress on this page as we count down to the next One Book!
But for now, if you’re a fan of Killers of the Flower Moon, there’s more programs happening over the next few months at the library! Ask about One Book Sarasota programs at your favorite library, or check out the Library’s Calendar link below.
Some of the upcoming One Book Library programs include the AsoloPlayReaders with their theatrical presentation of the book, lectures on Florida’s archaeology and earliest peoples, Genealogy programs on finding your Native American ancestry, talks from FBI agents on the history of the FBI, and more!
Thanks again for being a One Book Sarasota supporter, and we hope to see you next year!
View our calendar for a list of upcoming One Book events!
Since that time the One Book program has been embraced by states, cities, and communities with much success. The Public Programs Office of the American Library Association has developed a helpful manual for providing guidance to communities interested in developing their own One Book program.
Historically, the One Book One Community Sarasota County project occurred almost annually and continued under the direction of the Sarasota County Libraries. During one year, the project had a slightly different name and was hosted in a partnership with Asolo Repertory Theatre.
In 2010, Sarabeth Kalajian, General Manager of Sarasota County Library Systems, introduced numerous changes to the project. A Steering Committee was formed to bring together people from organizations within Sarasota County to update the project’s mission and goals. Although the project’s oversight and budget continued with Sarasota County Libraries, programming ideas, communication, and support became a shared community initiative. Additionally, a Book Selection Committee made up mostly of representatives from the same participating organizations, convened to select an appropriate One Book. That same year, a dedicated project coordinator was assigned to this project.
- A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith
- Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
- Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Remembering Blue by Connie May Fowler
- Hurricane Punch by Tim Dorsey
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- Muck City by Bryan Mealer
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
- The works of John D. MacDonald
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Sing for your Life by Daniel Bergner
- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
- January – One Book author visits Sarasota County to talk about his or her book.
- February – Libraries and community partner organizations hold book discussions and present programs and events.
- Spring through summer – The next One Book is selected.
- Fall through winter – The One Book is announced, and the community begins reading.
There are many ways to enjoy and share One Book with your neighbors:
- Attend or host a Book Discussion Group.
- Serve as a book discussion group leader.
- Start a conversation about One Book.
- Attend a One Book program.
- Read another book by the same author or a book on a related topic.
- Research the author.
- Compare and contrast the One Book with a film.
- Host a film viewing.
- Host an online discussion.
- Develop activities that tie in to the themes of the book.
- Write the next chapter–what happened later, after the book ends?
- Join a book club and suggest the One Book.
- Follow #SRQCountyLibraries on Facebook and/or Twitter and join in the discussions