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One Book, One San Diego is our region's premiere literary program, presented in partnership between KPBS and over 80 public libraries, service organizations and educational institutions. Now in its 11th year, the purpose is to bring our community closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. So, come read with us! And for more information, click here.

2017 Selection

'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian Tops 206 Titles To Become The 2017 One Book, One San Diego Selection

KPBS announced the 2017 One Book, One San Diego book selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian, the critically acclaimed novelist whose books frequently make The New York Times best-seller list. Bohjalian will be in San Diego for two public events on September 12 and 13.

One Book: North County Kickoff Event With Chris Bohjalian

Tuesday, September 12 2017 7 p.m.

California Center for the Arts: Escondido

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Join KPBS and our North County community partners to kick-off the 2017 One Book, One San Diego season for a special event featuring Chris Bohjalian, author of "The Sandcastle Girls." Join us for an evening of literary and cultural enrichment.

Book Discussions

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Saturday, September 16 2017 noon

Lincoln Acres Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Lincoln Acres Branch Library contact: (619) 475-9880 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is ...

One Book, One San Diego Community Event

Thursday, October 5 2017 6 p.m.

Poway Branch Library

Join us for an evening presentation in the spirit of this year's One Book One San Diego community read "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Poway Branch Library: (858) 513-2900 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Friday, October 6 2017 10:30 a.m.

Casa de Oro Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls." by Chris Bohjalian. Casa de Oro Branch Library: (619) 463-3236 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is ...

2nd Tuesday Book Club: One Book, One San Diego

Tuesday, October 10 2017 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Escondido Public Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls." by Chris Bohjalian. Escondido Public Library: 760-839-4684 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a part of ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' by Chris Bohjalian

Tuesday, October 10 2017 11:30 a.m.

Lemon Grove Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls." by Chris Bohjalian. Lemon Grove Branch Library: (619) 463-9819 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Wednesday, October 11 2017 10:30 a.m.

La Mesa Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls." by Chris Bohjalian. La Mesa Branch Library: (619) 469-2151 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a ...

Rancho San Diego Library Book Club Discussion: 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Tuesday, October 17 2017 6:30 p.m.

La Vida Real

The library book club discusses this year's One Book One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Meeting will take place across the street at La Vida Real, 11588 Via Rancho San ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Saturday, October 21 2017 3 p.m.

Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library

Join us for another lively discussion of this year's One Book, One San Diego 2017 pick, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Copies of the book available at the front desk. Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library: (619) 475-4642 ...

Alpine Reads With San Diego

Saturday, October 21 2017 10 a.m.

Alpine County Branch Library

Come discuss this year's One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Alpine County Branch Library: (619) 445-4221 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a part of the

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Tuesday, October 24 2017 6:30 p.m.

Pine Valley Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Pine Valley Branch Library: (619) 473-8022 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Wednesday, October 25 2017 6 p.m.

Spring Valley Branch Library

Join us for a lively discussion on "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian, the 2017 San Diego One Book, One San Diego title. Light refreshments will be served. Spring Valley Branch Library: (619) 463-3006 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Thursday, October 26 2017 6:30 p.m.

Solana Beach Branch Library

Monthly author book club members will discuss the One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian Solana Beach Branch Library: (858) 755-1404 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Thursday, October 26 2017 10:30 a.m.

Julian Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Julian Branch Library: (760) 765-0370 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a part ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Thursday, October 26 2017 1:30 p.m.

Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library

Bonita Library's Adult Book Club will discuss the One Book One San Diego 2017 pick, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Join us for this lively discussion! Copies of the book will be available for pick ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Thursday, October 26 2017 4 p.m.

Lakeside Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Lakeside Branch Library: (619) 443-1811 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a part ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Monday, October 30 2017 1 p.m.

Ramona Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Ramona Branch Library: (760) 788-5270 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a part ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Club & Bites

Wednesday, November 8 2017 6:30 p.m.

Valley Center Branch Library

The Valley Center Book Club hopes to bring our community together encouraging residents to join in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. This year's One Book, One San Diego selection is "The Sandcastle Girls" ...

Tuesday Night Book Club: One Book, One San Diego

Tuesday, November 14 2017 6:30 p.m.

Santee Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Santee Branch Library: (619) 448-1863 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a part ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Tuesday, November 14 2017 6 p.m.

Crest Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Crest Branch Library: (619) 442-7083 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a part ...

Library Book Club Discussion: 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Thursday, November 16 2017 1:30 p.m.

San Marcos Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. San Marcos Branch Library: (760) 891-3000 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Tuesday, December 5 2017 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Ocean Beach Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian, a sweeping tale of a legacy of the Armenian Genocide that would affect an American family ...

Book Group Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls'

Thursday, December 7 2017 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Mission Hills Branch Library

The Mission Hills Book Group will discuss this year’s One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. New members are always welcome to attend and participate! Please read the book ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Of 'The Sandcastle Girls' By Chris Bohjalian

Thursday, December 28 2017 4 p.m.

Lakeside Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Lakeside Branch Library: (619) 443-1811 ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO: This event is a part ...

Film Screenings, Lectures, Exhibits, Performances & More

One Book, One San Diego Exhibit At UC San Diego Geisel Library

Ongoing until Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Geisel Library

Visit the exhibit to learn more about how to nominate a book for One Book, One San Diego and learn more about the current books chosen for the various One Book categories, including One Book for Kids, One Book for Teens and One Book Sin Fronteras.

Celebrating Armenian Culture

Saturday, September 23 2017 2 p.m.

Civic Center Library: Oceanside

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Readings, Music, Dance, Food Join the Oceanside Public Library and the Knights and Daughters of Vartan for a celebration of Armenian culture in honor of this year's One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" ...

Hafez Day 2017: Poetry That Heals

Thursday, October 12 2017 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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700 years after his death, the 13th century Persian poet Hafez remains Iran's most celebrated bard and one of the most revered writers all across the world. Hafez is the only writer to have his own holiday, based ...

Stories Beyond The Pale

Saturday, October 14 2017 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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An evening of storytelling, poetry and music by six of San Diego’s best writers telling stories speaking of their experiences as immigrants and/or minorities in San Diego, in conjunction with the 2017 One Book One San Diego themes ...

Armenian-American Chess Grandmaster Tatev Abrahamyan Visits San Diego

Saturday, October 21 2017 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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San Diego Public Library’s Downtown Chess program proudly presents international grandmaster Tatev Abrahamyan for a festive afternoon of chess history and exhibition. Registration Encouraged Ms. Abrahamyan will participate in exhibition matches with local players ...

75 Years After Executive Order 9066: Experiences Of Local Japanese Americans

Saturday, October 28 2017 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Join us to hear from local Japanese Americans impacted by Executive Order 9066. In February 1942, two months after Pearl Harbor, EO 9066 ordered the removal of all Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans living on the ...

Film Screening: 'The Promise'

Wednesday, November 15 2017 6 p.m.

Vista Branch Library

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Join us for a screening of "The Promise," a film related to this year's One Book One San Diego title "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. Vista Branch Library: (760) 643-5100 ABOUT THE FILM: ...

One Book, One San Diego: FIlm Screening Of 'The Promise'

Wednesday, November 29 2017 1 p.m.

San Marcos Branch Library

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Join us for a screening of "The Promise," a film related to this year's One Book One San Diego title "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. San Marcos Branch Library: (760) 891-3000 ABOUT THE ...

Literature In Concert: Music Based On Works By Shakespeare, Cervantes And Swift

Sunday, November 19 2017 2:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Fall 2017 Concert Series The San Diego Baroque Soloists, an ensemble of local musicians specializing in Baroque music and featuring period instruments, will present a concert which will delight both music and literature aficionados. ...

Page To Screen Club: One Book, One San Diego

Wednesday, November 29 2017 6:30 p.m.

Fletcher Hills Branch Library

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Book & Movie Club Read the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian, and discuss it at the monthly Page to Screen Club meeting. You can pick up November's book ...

One Book, One San Diego: Armenian Cooking Class

Thursday, November 30 2017 6 p.m.

El Cajon Branch Library

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In honor of this year's One Book, One San Diego selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian, learn how to make delicious, healthy Armenian meals in this hands-on cooking class provided by Healthy Adventures ...

We Charge Genocide

Thursday, November 30 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Join Professor Dayo Gore of UCSD’s Ethnic Studies Department for a discussion of the 1951 document We Charge Genocide: The Crime of Government Against the Negro People submitted by civil rights leaders to the ...

2017 One Book, One San Diego Film Festival

2017 One Book Film Festival 'The Cut'

Tuesday, October 3 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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The San Diego Central Library proudly presents a diverse slate of international film screenings that speak to the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by ...

2017 One Book Film Festival 'Mustang'

Tuesday, October 10 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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The San Diego Central Library proudly presents a diverse slate of international film screenings that speak to the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by ...

2017 One Book Film Festival 'On the Bride’s Side' (Io Sto con la Sposa)

Tuesday, October 17 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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The San Diego Central Library proudly presents a diverse slate of international film screenings that speak to the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by ...

2017 One Book Film Festival 'Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll'

Tuesday, October 24 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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The San Diego Central Library proudly presents a diverse slate of international film screenings that speak to the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by ...

2017 One Book Film Festival 'Belvedere'

Tuesday, October 31 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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The San Diego Central Library proudly presents a diverse slate of international film screenings that speak to the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by ...

The First Genocide Of The 20th Century

Monday, November 13 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Join Professor Fatima El-Tayeb of UCSD’s Ethnic Studies Department for a discussion of the 1904-1907 Herero and Nama genocide that Germany undertook in German South West Africa (modern-day Namibia) against the Herero, Nama and ...

2017 One Book Film Festival 'Sometimes In April'

Tuesday, November 7 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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The San Diego Central Library proudly presents a diverse slate of international film screenings that speak to the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by ...

2017 One Book Film Festival 'Long Night’s Journey Into Day'

Tuesday, November 14 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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The San Diego Central Library proudly presents a diverse slate of international film screenings that speak to the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by ...

2017 One Book Film Festival 'Even The Rain' ('También la Lluvia')

Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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The San Diego Central Library proudly presents a diverse slate of international film screenings that speak to the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by ...

2017 One Book Film Festival 'Three The Hard Way'

Tuesday, November 28 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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The San Diego Central Library proudly presents a diverse slate of international film screenings that speak to the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection "The Sandcastle Girls" by ...

About One Book, One San Diego

One Book, One San Diego: 2017 Finalists

Local readers submitted over 500 nominations for the One Book, One San Diego 2017 title. Nine finalists made the cut.

2017 Recommended Reading List from Publishers

As we begin our search for the 2017 One Book, One San Diego selection, we asked local representatives from major publishing houses, including Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and MacMillan, what books they recommend.

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One Book, One San Diego: FAQs & Selection Criteria

One Book, One San Diego promises to be an exciting program in 2017. This article answers common questions about the program. Contact Clare Pister at cpister@kpbs.org with further questions.

The Archives

Past One Book Selections

Find out all about our previous One Book selections in our archives.