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2017 Recommended Reading List from Publishers

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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.

Preguntas frecuentes y Criterios para 2016 One Book, One San Diego

One Book One San Diego es una colaboración entre KPBS, la Biblioteca Pública de San Diego, la Biblioteca del Condado de San Diego, la Asociación de Bibliotecarios de Baja California (ABIBAC) y muchas organizaciones más lados de la frontera. El mayor apoyo financiero del programa es proporcionado por Linden Root Dickinson Foundation y con financiamento adicional de SDG&E, Lloyd Pest Control y la Cubic Corporation.

The 19th Annual Writing for Literacy Essay Contest

Students in grades 4, 8 and 10 are invited to submit an essay on suggested topics for a chance to win great prizes. Deadline for submissions is 3:00 PM on Friday, December 18, 2015. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2016.

2015 One Book for Kids Selection: "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" by William Joyce

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Because KPBS believes you are never too young to learn to love to read, the One Book for Kids Committee selected a companion book to "Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón for children ten and under, "The Fanstastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" by William Joyce. KPBS also partnered with Reach Out and Read-San Diego to select a companion book for our youngest readers, "It's a Little Book," by Lane Smith.

KPBS Anuncia la Selección Para el 2015 del One Book, One San Diego

Programa de Lectura de la Comunidad que presentara "La Sombra del Viento" de Carlos Ruiz Zafón se extenderá a Tijuana.

2014 One Book, One San Diego Selection: "Monstress" by Lysley Tenorio

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The 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection: Monstress by San Diego-native, Lysley Tenorio.

One Book, One San Diego: FAQs & Selection Criteria

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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 with further questions.

One Book, One San Diego Highlights Three Books This Year

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One Book, One San Diego will feature three books in the 2011-2012 season: Sky of Red Poppies by Zohreh Ghahremani, Moloka'i by Alan Brennert, and Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.

lê thi diem thúy decribes her novel, The Gangster We Are All Look For

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The Gangster We Are All Looking For is the 2011 One Book, One San Diego selection. Listen to a plot summary by the author, lê thi diem thúy, given during her visit to San Diego in February 2011.

Local Community Organizations

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These are local Vietnamese oriented organizations in the San Diego area.

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Five "nu' o ' c"

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The last chapter finalizes the transition and feelings of the young narrator.

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter One "suh-top"

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The first chapter introduces us to our anonymous narrator and the beginning of her migration.

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Two "palm"

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Chapter two describes a family reuniting and the realizations of immigration.

Chapter Three "the gangster we are all looking for"

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The third chapter delves into symbolic representations during a turbulent time for the family.

"The Gangster We Are All Looking For": Connections & Resources

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From food to film, "The Gangster We Are All Looking For" offers many connections to be made and resources to be discovered within the San Diego area.


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Many themes can be discovered and discussed in "The Gangster We Are Looking For".

Genre: True-life Novel

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This true life novel spans many genre's, making it a relatable read for many people, especially San Diegans.

Local Teen Inspiring Peers to Read for Fun

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13-year-old Emma Halpern of San Diego is fighting the cycle of poverty through inspiring a love of reading in her low income peers. Read on to see how this visionary teen is starting a book club trend in an area high school.

San Diego Public Library Seeks Local Authors for Exhibition

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The San Diego Public Library is looking for local authors to feature in their 45th Annual Local Authors Exhibit. Learn how to submit your book to become a featured author.

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San Diego Book Club: The Risteners

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One Book, One San Diego is highlighting a local book club each month and sharing their findings with Culture Lust. The first featured book club is called the San Diego Risteners, a group that prefers the audio version of their selections. Clare Pister and Ashley Rodriguez explain.