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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, with major support provided by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and Jerome's Furniture, and additional support provided by Lloyd Pest Control.

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 2015 Selection

The Shadow of the Wind /
La Sombra del Viento

The Shadow of the Wind takes place in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War and centers around a young boy who sets out to protect a mysterious book with his life. It is a story about mystery, fantasy, and love.

About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels. His work has been published in more than 40 different languages and honored with numerous international awards. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

One Book for Teens

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

In The Dumbest Idea Ever!, renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the dumbest idea ever became the best thing that ever happened to him.

About the Author

Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids' comics, having co-founded the organization Kids Love Comics. He lives with his wife Karen and their twin daughters, Stella and Anna, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

One Book for Kids

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today's world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it's story that we truly celebrate - and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.

About the Author

William Joyce has put his personal stamp on children's media in every direction. His picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob, and Santa Calls; he's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series; developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life; and his films include Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

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Schedule of Events

2014 Participant Survey

Did you attend a One Book, One San Diego event in 2014?

Help us improve the program by completing the 2014 Participant Survey, and you'll be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.