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Stories by One Book One San Diego

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.

'Moloka'i': Discussion Questions

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

'Moloka'i': Themes and Literary Strategies

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Learn more about the themes and literary strategies used in Moloka'i.

'Moloka'i': Setting & Genre

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Learn more about the setting and genre of Moloka'i.

'Into the Beautiful North': Themes and Literary Strategies

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Multiple themes are covered and discussed in "Into the Beautiful North."

From One Book to… Fifty

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This year's special One Book, One San Diego program, highlighting three books instead of one, can launch you on a reading marathon! And you won't be alone if you sign up for the 50/50 challenge, to read 50 books and watch 50 films in 2012.

Local Author Sheds Light on Politically Charged Iran of the 1960s

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Zohreh Ghahremani’s writing is dotted with poetic references and is beautifully lyrical in its style. Just like Roya’s picture window at school through which she admires the poppies, Ghahremani’s story provides us with a window through which we can view the past, both political and personal, and pay homage to those who have left imprints on our hearts and minds.

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.