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One Book, One San Diego

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The 2016 Selection is Announced!

Latest 'One Book, One San Diego' Selection Revealed

Inspired by the the "custody battle" over Cuban student Elián González, the 2003 memoir by a Yale University professor traces the author's own experiences growing up in Castro's Cuba.

10th Anniversary Author Events

One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary Kick-Off Event With Author Carlos Eire

Tuesday, September 20 2016 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Join KPBS as we kick-off our 10th Anniversary celebrations with 2016 featured author, Carlos Eire, who wrote the "Waiting for Snow in Havana." Guests will enjoy a special interview with Carlos Eire by Dr. Dean Nelson, Point Loma Nazarene University.

One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary Event With Author Sonia Nazario

Monday, October 3 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Logan Heights Library

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Join KPBS and your San Diego Public Library for a special One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary event with author, Sonia Nazario, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Enrique's Journey." Followed by a South American-inspired reception.

One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary Event With Author Diane Ackerman

Tuesday, October 4 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Encinitas Library

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Join KPBS and your San Diego County Library on World Animal Day for a special One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary event with 2009 featured author, Diane Ackerman, who wrote "The Zookeeper's Wife."

One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary Event With Author Warren St. John

Tuesday, October 11 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

University of San Diego

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Join KPBS and University of San Diego's Copley Library for a special One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary event with 2010 featured author, Warren St. John, who wrote "Outcasts United."

One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary Event With Author lê thi diem thúy

Wednesday, October 19 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

SDSU Love Library

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Join KPBS and San Diego State University's Love Library for a special One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary event with 2011 featured author, lê thi diem thúy, who wrote "The Gangster We Are All Looking For."

One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary Event With Author Zohreh Ghahremani

Thursday, November 3 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

UC San Diego Library, Geisel Library

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Join KPBS and UCSD's Geisel Library for a special One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary event with 2012 featured author, Zohreh Ghahremani, who wrote "Sky of Red Poppies." Copies of the book will be for sale.

One Book, One San Diego Event With Geraldine Brooks In Oceanside

Wednesday, November 16 2016 10:30 a.m. to noon

MiraCosta College Oceanside

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Join KPBS and Oceanside Public Library for a special One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary event with 2013 featured author, Geraldine Brooks, who wrote "Caleb's Crossing."

One Book, One San Diego Event With Geraldine Brooks At PLNU

Wednesday, November 16 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene University

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Join KPBS and PLNU's Ryan Library for a special One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary event with 2013 featured author, Geraldine Brooks, who wrote "Caleb's Crossing." Copies of the book will be for sale.

One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary Event With Author Lysley Tenorio

Thursday, December 1 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chula Vista Public Library

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Join KPBS and Chula Vista Public Library for a special One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary event with 2014 featured author, Lysley Tenorio, who wrote "Monstress." Copies of the book will be for sale. Registration, which opens ...

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Upcoming One Book, One San Diego Events

10th Anniversary Author Event Series

The 10th Anniversary of One Book, One San Diego kicks off this September with a special event featuring the Carlos Eire.

Then, in celebration of 10 years of joining together to read and discuss great books, KPBS is excited to welcome back many of our past One Book authors. The following authors will participate in events in San Diego, Imperial Valley in Tijuana this fall.

Lysley Tenorio, Author Of "Monstress"

2014 One Book, One San Diego Author

Lysley Tenorio photoLysley Tenorio’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. The winner of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and a Whiting Writer’s Award, he is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and has received fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yahoo, The MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, Lysley Tenorio is a San Diego native who currently lives in San Francisco, and Professor of English at Saint Mary’s College of California.

“Monstress” is Tenorio’s first book. It’s a collection of vivid and unique stories set among the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines. Stories from "Monstress" were adapted for the stage by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and premiered in 2015.

Geraldine Brooks, Author Of "Caleb's Crossing"

2013 One Book, One San Diego Author

”Geraldine Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College, Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald, and won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to Columbia University’s master’s program in journalism. Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, and in 2006 she became a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel “March.”

“Caleb’s Crossing” tells the story of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Other novels, “Year of Wonders” and “People of the Book,” are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than 25 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works, “Nine Parts of Desire” and “Foreign Correspondence.”

Zohreh Ghahremani, Author Of "Sky of Red Poppies"

2012 One Book, One San Diego Author

Bio photo of author Zoe Ghahremani Zoe Ghahremani is a writer, poet, and artist and has authored three books: “Sky of Red Poppies” and “The Moon Daughter” are novels in English, and “The Commiserator” is a self-help book in Persian. In the decades preceding her publishing career, Dr. Ghahremani was in private practice while teaching at Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago.

A voice of the Iranian-American diaspora, her work has been featured in a number of anthologies including Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers, A Year In Ink, and The Poetry of Iranian Women. She has won several awards, including The California Stories, Best Fiction at Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference, and the San Diego Book Awards. Over a hundred of her articles have appeared in US publications including The Writer magazine. In 2013, the 30,000 girl scouts of San Diego honored Zoe with the San Diego Cool Woman Award. She lives in California with her husband. Her next novel The Basement will be published this fall.

lê thi diem thúy, Author Of "The Gangster We Are All Looking For"

2011 One Book, One San Diego Author

Bio photo of author lê thi diem thúy lê thi diem thúy was born in Southern Vietnam and fled with her family in 1978. They resettled here in San Diego where she spent much of her youth. She grew into a talented author, poet, and performance artist. Her honors include fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Guggenheim Foundation, and a Ford Fellowship from United States Artists. She lives in western Massachusetts and is currently at work on a second novel.

In “The Gangster We Are All Looking For,” the story is told through the eyes of a young girl who must deal with the often challenging position of being stuck right smack in the middle of two cultures. One cannot help but draw parallels between this little girl’s story and that of so many young people in this country, especially those living in San Diego.

Warren St. John, Author Of "Outcasts United"

2010 One Book, One San Diego Author

Bio photo of Warren St. John Warren St. John was born in Birmingham, Alabama, where he attended The Altamont School. He studied English literature at Columbia College in New York City, where he now lives with his wife and daughter. Warren St. John has written for the New York Observer, The New Yorker, Wired and Slate, in addition to his work as a reporter for The New York Times.

His second book, “Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference,” was published in the United States in April 2009, and subsequently in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan and China. “Outcasts United” is the story of a team of refugee boys, the remarkable woman who coaches them, and the town where they live, a once-sleepy southern hamlet that has been upended by the process of refugee resettlement. It's a story about the challenges posed by our quickly changing world, and one that reminds us of what is possible in this country when we put our values in action.

Diane Ackerman, Author Of "The Zookeeper's Wife"

2009 One Book, One San Diego Author

Bio photo of author Diane Ackerman Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including “The Zookeeper's Wife” and “A Natural History of the Senses.” Ackerman’s thrilling observations urge us to live in the moment and to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles.

“The Zookeeper's Wife,” based on a little known true story of WWII, became a New York Times bestseller, and received the Orion Book Award. Drawing on the unpublished diary of Antonina Żabińska, it recounts the true story of how she and her husband, Jan Żabiński, director of the Warsaw Zoo, saved the lives of 300 Jews who had been imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto following the German invasion of Poland. A movie-version of “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is expected to be released in December.

Sonia Nazario, Author Of "Enrique's Journey"

2007 One Book, One San Diego Author

Bio photo of author Sonia Nazario Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems including hunger, drug addiction, and immigration, and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards. She spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues for U.S. newspapers.

Nazario is best known for “Enrique’s Journey,” her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S, eleven years after she was forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, “Enrique’s Journey” won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book that became a national bestseller. A Young Adult version of “Enrique’s Journey” was published in 2013, aimed at middle schoolers and reluctant readers in high school.

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One Book, One San Diego: FAQs & Selection Criteria

The One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary promises to be an exciting program in 2016. This article answers common questions about the program. Contact Clare Pister at cpister@kpbs.org with further questions.