History

The One Book One Town initiative was inspired by a program created by librarian and author Nancy Pearl of the Seattle Public Library’s Washington Center for the Book. She wondered what would happen if everyone in the city read the same book at the same time. Since then, this simple idea has spread across the nation and even the world.

Fairfield began its own community reading initiative, called One Book One Town, in 2006. Spearheaded by Reference Librarian Susan Zuckerman, a group of librarians, teachers and community volunteers gathered to select a book and create a slate of unique and interesting programs for the town. This process goes on annually, resulting in an amazing array of books that have been featured as Fairfield’s One Book in March of each year.

Find out more about our previous One Book One Town selections:

2008: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time

2009: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

2010: Into the Beautiful North

2011: Eating Animals

2012: The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

2013: Wonder

2014: A House in the Sky

2015: Station Eleven

2016: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

2017: Books for Living & A Child of Books

(no OBOT in 2018)

2019: Harbor Me