Hello! If you’ve been visiting us here these last few weeks, we’ve been counting down to reveal the One Book 2020 selection.
The One Book Selection Committee started with over 20 books to choose from, whittled it down to 9, then 3. Did your favorite make the cut along the way?
It’s time now to reveal the selection…drum roll please…
They paid with their lives.
Their final fight was for justice.
Are you as excited as we are?
Kate Moore is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. A British writer based in London, she has published numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, writing across various genres including history, biography, true crime, gift and humor. She began her career in publishing after graduating from the University of Warwick and worked as an in-house editor at various publishing houses for over a decade, most recently as an editorial director of Penguin Random House, and now works full-time as an author, ghostwriter and book editor. She has written more than 15 books and her work has been translated into more than 12 languages.
Kate first discovered the story of the radium girls when she directed the play These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, which dramatizes the experiences of the Ottawa, Illinois dial-painters. While conducting research for the play, she realized there was no book that focused on the women and told their story in their own words. Feeling passionately that the women deserved such a book, she decided to write it.
Kate Moore will be coming here to Sarasota in January 2020 to kick off our new One Book campaign and talk about “The Radium Girls”. Registration opens in December, check back here for the details!
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