Meet the Committee: Sandra Agoes

Each week we will introduce a member of the One Book One Town committee as we prepare to bring another outstanding title, author, and slate of events to Fairfield.

Sandra Agoes, a longtime resident of Fairfield, has worked at Fairfield High School and the Fairfield Public Library. Her retirement from the library has given her the opportunity to enjoy all types of books, from her granddaughter’s latest read to a new debut author that has just appeared on the horizon.

A member of the committee since 2007, she enjoys her search for the perfect community read. She looks for something new and different with interest for as many Fairfielders as possible. Has she found the perfect book for every member of the community? Not yet…but she is sure enjoying the search!

Meet the Committee: Mary Sorhus

Each week we will introduce a member of the One Book One Town committee as we prepare to bring another outstanding title, author, and slate of events to Fairfield.

“As a Children’s Librarian, I love helping children discover the magic that can be found in a good story. I also love encouraging the other members on the One Book, One Town committee to read a youth book, because I promise…they are quality books! As for my more adult tastes, I love to read fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction, and firmly believe that every book needs a little romance!

I was born in California, but really, am a proud Texan married to a Norwegian. I am Mom to a fun-loving toddler, Heidi, and have been a mom even longer to a cute mutt named Miss Cordelia Chase (Cordie, for short). I enjoy playing sports, watching TV, and eating pizza… when I’m not reading, of course!”

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!