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One Book One San Diego

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One Book, One San Diego is a partnership between KPBS and the San Diego Public Library. The mission of the program is to bring San Diegans together through an enriching, locally relevant literary experience. Each program year, the community helps to choose a book that will be the featured “One Book.” That book will then shape the local focus, outreach initiatives, and special events that will compose the One Book experience.

Recent Stories

One Book for Littlest Kids: "It's a Little Book" by Lane Smith

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KPBS partnered with Reach Out and Read San Diego to select a special book for babies, toddlers and children ages five and under as a companion to the 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, "It's a Little Book" by Lane Smith.

About the Author

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Learn more about the life and work of Lysley Tenorio.

"Felix Starro"

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"Felix Starro" tells the story of a young man who takes part in his grandfather's questionable family business.

"The Brothers"

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"The Brothers" explores the story of Edmond, who is forced to deal with the life choices of his younger brother shortly after his untimely death.


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"Monstress" explores the lives of two Filipino film makers who seemingly hit their big break.

Discussion Questions

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Delve deeper into the book with these questions and topics for discussion.

Themes, Setting, and Literary Devices

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Learn more about the themes and literary strategies used in "Monstress."

The 2013 Student Writing Library Essay Contest

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Each year, the Friends of the San Diego Public Library inviting all fourth, eighth and tenth graders in San Diego to submit essays addressing a number of literary-based prompts. Entries are judged by a panel and could win up to a $500 grand prize. Read on for more information and download an application.

Local Pacific Islander Community Organizations

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Learn more about local San Diego Hawaiian and Polynesian organizations.

'Moloka'i': About the Author

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Learn more about Alan Brennert, the author of Moloka'i.

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