Registration for An Evening with Emily St. John Mandel begins on Wednesday!

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March is here, and even though we might not see the end of this winter for a few more weeks, it’s officially time for One Book One Town! Copies of Station Eleven are flying off our shelves and displays, and we are ready to get our community conversation started!

Registration for our signature event, An Evening with Emily St. John Mandel begins this Wednesday, March 4th at 9:00 am. Register here, or call us at 203.256.3160. This event is expected to fill to capacity quickly, but don’t hesitate to put yourself on the waiting list if necessary – we are constantly working to make sure we can accommodate as many people as possible!

Tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning at 9:30 am in the lobby of the Main Library, the One Book One Town committee will host a press conference to announce the official selection for our 2015 season. Be sure to stop by, or keep your eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds to find out first!

And now, a final hint. Feel free to make your best guess in our comments section:

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

 

 

Three More Days!

In just three days, on Thursday, January 8, we will announce the selection for this year’s One Book One Town experience. The OBOT committee, our community partners and everyone at the libraries can’t wait to share this extraordinary work with you, but for now, we’ll have to settle for sharing another clue:

For the third year in a row, the One Book One Town title was written by a woman.

Can you guess what our selection is? Feel free to comment below, and make sure to stop by the library or keep your eye on our Facebook or Twitter feeds at 9:30 am to find out what book we will share as a community this Thursday, January 9.

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!