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2015 One Book, One San Diego Pick Announced

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It's the time many book lovers in San Diego wait for each year — the time when the winner of the One Book, One San Diego contest is announced.

International best-seller "Shadow of the Wind" by Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón was selected out of of 450 nominations and 200 different titles.

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Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The winning book is highlighted at San Diego events and is read by community members, and at colleges and book clubs throughout the region.

"Shadow of the Wind" takes place in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War and centers around a young boy who sets out to protect a mysterious book with his life. It is a story about mystery, fantasy and love.

In his travels, Zafón said he’s received positive feedback from people around the world.

“It has been received very well,” Zafón told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday. “What I’ve learned is that readers are a nation of their own. They are the same kind of people — they are people who love language, ideas and literature.”

Zafón said he knew he wanted to become an author when he was young.

“The book is like the world — it’s a point of entry for a different universe,” Zafón said. “I realized that from a very early age if you can just do that with paper and ink, I want to do that.”

For the last nine years, KPBS and the San Diego Public Library have accepted nominations for one book that the whole community can read and discuss for one year.

For the first time, One Book, One San Diego is expanding south of the border. It's partnering with the Association of Librarians of Baja California for a new program called “One Book Sin Fronteras.” It includes 22 local libraries and the Spanish translation of "Shadow of the Wind," "La Sombra del Viento."

The titles chosen for younger readers this year are: "The Dumbest Idea Ever” and “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore."


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