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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 One Book events this fall.

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Help Us Find the 2020 Selection

Nominations are open now through Friday, March 13, 2020. Nominate a book for any of the four One Book, One San Diego categories:

The 2019 Selections
The Great Believers

The Great Believers

by Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers is a novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions, told through a story of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss. It won the Stonewall Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

One Book for Kids


by Yuyi Morales

This year's winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, Dreamers uses lyrical text and rich, detailed illustrations to tell the author's migration story.

One Book for Teens
The Crossover

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, is a coming-of-age novel written in a mix of free verse and hip hop poetry. It tells the story of two basketball playing brothers and their family.

Schedule of Events

This program is made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, with additional support provided by the City of San Diego, the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Payne Family Foundation, Lloyd Pest Control, and Kaiser Permanente.