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One Book, One San Diego

One Book, One San Diego is a community reading program managed by KPBS in partnership with the San Diego County Library and the San Diego Public Library.

The purpose of the program is to encourage residents to join together in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. The program also encourages participation in related events, discussions of the ideas raised in the featured books, and examination of how these ideas connect with our daily lives and local communities.

Join SDCL and our partners for a series of exciting events with the featured authors this fall.

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The 2016 Selection

Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire

Waiting for Snow in Havana is a winner of the National Book Award. Inspired by the story of Cuban student Elián González, the 2003 memoir traces the author's own experiences growing up in Castro's Cuba.

About the Author

Carlos Eire was born in Havana in 1950 and left his homeland in 1962, one of 14,000 unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan. After living in a series of foster homes, he was reunited with his mother in Chicago in 1965. Eire earned his PhD at Yale University in 1979 and is now the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with his wife, Jane, and their three children.

The program is sponsored by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, with additional support provided by the Dr. Seuss Fund and the Rivkin Family Fund I at the San Diego Foundation, the San Diego Public Library Foundation, the Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation, and the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation.