Author Event: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 7:00 pm SHU Community Theatre

This is the signature event of Fairfield’s One Book One Town 2022 celebration! Join us for a wonderful evening with the author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune. Registration is required and will begin on February 1st at 9 am.

Register here to attend in-person.

Register here to attend virtually.

One Book One Town- Virtual Talking About Books with Dr. Schenker

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Always a One Book One Town favorite program! Please join us for a lively conversation and wonderful exchange of ideas about this year’s title choice, which is The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. Our host and discussion leader will be Dr. Mark Schenker. Dr. Schenker is a Senior Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs. He has led book and film discussions in Connecticut for more than 30 years, and has given numerous lectures on writers and their works. Registration is required. Register here.

Join the OBOT 2022 Sketch Challenge!

Celebrate the many colorful characters in The House in the Cerulean Sea by sharing your vision of them. Submit your sketch via email to by the end of the day each Friday starting with February 4th. All submissions will be entered into our weekly raffle to be pulled on Monday of the following week, starting with February 7th. By submitting you are granting us permission to share your work across our social media platforms and our our website. *Please specify when submitting if you do NOT want your work shared publicly.* All skill levels welcome – give it your best shot and show us what you can do!

Weekly Sketch Prompts:

  • 2/1/22: Linus or Lucy
  • 2/7/22: Chauncy or Phee
  • 2/14/22: Theodore or Arthur
  • 2/21/22: Sal or Talia
  • 2/28/22: Your favorite setting or character

Join in the conversation with one or more of these great book groups.

Virtual Book Clubs

A Different Kind of Book Club Monday, February 7, 2022
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Book and Author Visit Reflections Thursday, March 3, 2022
6:30 pm
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InPerson Book Clubs

Senior Literary Society Bigelow Center Wednesday February 16, 2022
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Main Book Club @ FPL Wednesday, February 23, 2022
1:30 pm
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2022 One Book One Town Writing Contest

Writing & Mixed Media Contest

Submissions Due: Sunday, March 6, 5:00 PM
Virtual Reception and Reading:
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 PM

TJ Klune’s story celebrates found family and shows us that what makes a family is the love we share. In words of 750 or less or through an artistic format of your choosing, share a story about what makes your family special to you.

Please submit written works in PDF format. Artistic media should be submitted as a jpeg for still images or as a link for video format. Please one submission per entrant. This contest is for middle school and high school students and adults. Be sure to include the following with your submission:

-Age category (middle school, high school, or adult)
-Email address
-Phone number

Entries can be submitted to Contest winners will be notified before the reception and will be invited to read and display their works. There will be a winner chosen for each age category among the writing submissions and a winner for each category among the artistic submissions.

The reception will be open to everyone but will require registration.

Virtual: TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea – a Place in LGBTQ Literature
Thursday, February 17th, 2022 6:30 pm

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is a book that contains many facets. It’s a fantasy novel about finding one’s place in the world, discovering found family, and it’s filled with tenderness, consciousness, wit and humor. It is also a gentle, sweet, LGBTQ love story.

Join Librarian Philip Bahr as we explore the LGBTQ aspects of the book along with an overview of the history of LGBTQ literature, TJ Klune’s place in contemporary literature, and the importance of books like The House in the Cerulean Sea. This is a virtual event. Please click here to register and receive the link.

Virtual: Dragons, Gnomes & Wee Folk: Mythical Creatures in Literature
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 7:00 pm

Inspired by the characters in The House in the Cerulean Sea, Librarian and Historian Michael Bielawa will enlighten us about the mythical creatures that have been a part of culture, literature and even local folklore since ancient times.

Michael has authored several regional histories and his essays have addressed such diverse topics as the mysterious creature of Lake Champlain, Bridgeport Connecticut’s crying stone statue, and the bizarre disappearance of a Hartford [CT] minor league baseball manager. Mike has lectured on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts in Baton Rouge [LA] and has been a moderator for the Connecticut Humanities Council’s Literature for a Lifetime discussion series. This is a virtual event.  The link to join via Zoom will be included in the registration confirmation and event reminder emails. Click here to register.