Thank You Fairfield!

A few years ago, one of our past One Book One Town authors mentioned how impressed he was with the idea of a community organizing itself around the sharing of a story. Now, another ‘OBOT’ season has come to a close and we would like to thank Fairfield for taking another incredible journey with us.

Each year we try and select a book that is radically different than the years before and once again, the town has embraced this year’s title, A House in the Sky. An almost-capacity crowd filled the Regina A. Quick Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield University to see Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett speak. It was an emotional, empowering night that left everyone fortunate enough to experience it deeply moved and fundamentally changed.

Amanda Lindhout, author of "A House in the Sky," became emotional as she recounted some of the horrors of her abduction and 15-month captivity in Somalia as she spoke to a One Book One Town audience of nearly 800 people Wednesday at Fairfield University. Photo: Meg Barone / Fairfield Citizen

The authors shared a similar sentiment:

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Many thanks to our community partners like the Pequot Library, Fairfield University and the Fairfield University Bookstore, the primary sponsor the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library and our other sponsors listed on this blog.

Each year we wonder how we’ll ever be able to put together as satisfying a One Book One Town experience as the previous year. We’re still working on that, but for now, if you have a suggestion for One Book One Town 2015, please feel free to share it in the comments below.

Happy Reading and see you next Winter!

Tomorrow: We begin!

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Hello Fairfield Readers:

We hope that you have been able to obtain a copy of this year’s One Book One Town selection, A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett, at your library or the Fairfield University Bookstore. The signature event on Wednesday, March 26th at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts was fully booked only 9 days after registration began…although we do encourage that you sign up for the waiting list as there are always last-minute cancellations.

Tomorrow will see our first One Book One Town event for 2014, Talking About Books with the esteemed Dr. Mark Schenker, the Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs. If you haven’t seen Dr. Schenker speak before, we don’t know what you are waiting for! These sessions are enlightening and lively – truly they merit ‘can’t-miss’ status! Register now.

Next up: A screening of the award-winning film Captain Phillips…

Have a great ‘OBOT’ season, everybody!

Registration for Programs is now open!

The authors of A House in the Sky, Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett, will be visiting Fairfield on Wednesday, March 26th. They will speak and sign books at the Regina A. Quick Center at Fairfield University. The event begins at 7 PM.

Registration for that signature event, as well as all other One Book One Town programs is open today! If you are interested in attending, please register early as we expect many of these events to fill to capacity.

Register here for:

An Evening with Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

Talking About Books with Dr. Mark Schenker

Embedded Journalism: Risks and Rewards with Dr. James Simon

Film: Captain Phillips

Writer’s Contest Reading

Book Discussions:

Senior Literary Society

Purls of Wisdom

Books and Banter

Pequot Book Discussion

Please call 203.259.0346

Librarians on Loan

To book a team of librarian-faciliators to join your private book group discussion, contact Karen at kronald@fplct.org or call 203.256.3158.

 

 

Tomorrow…

It’s almost here! In just one day we will announce the 2014 One Book One Town selection. Be the first to find out what book was chosen by attending our press conference at 10 am in the lobby of the Fairfield Public Library. Or check this blog or the library’s social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) a little later in the morning for more information on the book and upcoming events.

Now, one final hint!:

The mature theme of this book will be sure to raise important questions and inspire discussion.

It’s your last chance to guess the title before the announcement. Good luck and we can’t wait to share this book with you!

5 Days…

A lot of boxes have arrived at the library, all of them full of one book in particular…

Now, another hint:

This book has been widely acclaimed, garnering starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Publisher’s Weekly, as well as raves from Amazon and the New York Times.

Take your best guess in the comments below, and check back for one more hint before the big announcement this Thursday, January 9, 2014.

10 Days…

The date of the 2014 One Book One Town selection announcement is almost here! Now: a new hint:

Our selection was published in the Fall of 2013.

Take your best guess in the comments below, and check back for more hints in the coming weeks before the big announcement on January 9, 2014.

20 Days…

The date of the 2014 One Book One Town selection announcement is getting closer! Here is a new hint:

After this March, we will no longer be able to say we’ve only celebrated one book by a female author.

Take your best guess in the comments below, and check back for more hints in the coming weeks before the big announcement on January 9, 2014.

27 Days…

That’s right: In less than a month, we will announce the 2014 One Book One Town selection. Here is a hint:

It is a work of non-fiction.

Take your best guess in the comments below, and check back for more hints in the coming weeks before the big announcement on January 9, 2014.