Virtual Author Event: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:00 pm

This is the signature event of Fairfield’s One Book One Town 2021 celebration! Join us for a wonderful evening with the authors of Punching the Air, Ibi Zoboi and Dr. Yusef Salaam. The story of a tragic event leading to an unjust imprisonment and the impact it has on family and community, Punching the Air shows how strength can be found in the power of art and poetry. Ibi Zoboi is a New York Times bestselling author; Dr. Yusef Salaam, of the Exonerated Five, is a poet, prison reform activist and inspirational speaker. Registration is required :

To learn more about Westport Library’s WestportREADS 2021, covering a similar theme to our One Book One Town 2021, click here.

Remix & Metamorphosis: Visual Art in “Punching the Air”

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
6:30 pm

The subjects of making visual art and its histories are intertwined threads skillfully woven together throughout Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam’s powerful and poetic book. This session will discuss and look at the book’s references to art movements, artists, and specific works of art, and finally, consider the transformative remix strategy employed by Shahid with examples by contemporary Black artists in the U.S.

Dr. Rhonda Reymond, Ph.D., is an art historian and associate director of the Humanities Center at West Virginia University. Her area of specialization is art history of the United States with an emphasis in late-nineteenth and early twentieth- century art and architecture, and particularly work created by Black artists.

Registration is required

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 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 Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Dr. Yusef Salaam. 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. All registrants will receive a Zoom link to join this virtual event. Registration is required.

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2021 One Book One Town Writing Contest

Writing & Mixed Media Contest

Submissions Due: Friday, March 12, 5:00 PM
Virtual Reception and Reading:
Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 PM

In Punching the Air, Amal finds the freedom to express himself in his art and poetry, which brings him solace in unspeakably dark circumstances. What act of self-expression brings you solace in tough times? Is it writing or painting? Dancing or cooking? Or something else? Tell us about it in no more than 750 words or in the artistic medium of your choosing.
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.