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The Great Believers’ Author Rebecca Makkai Headlines One Book Event

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One Book, One San Diego is a partnership between KPBS and 80 libraries across the county to get the public reading and discussing the same book. This year’s One Book selection is “The Great Believers” a novel set in Chicago in the 80s at the height of the AIDS crisis. Author Rebecca Makkai spoke with KPBS Evening Edition anchor Ebone ... Read more →

Aired: September 19, 2019 | Transcript

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The cover of "The Great Believers" is pictured.

One Book, One San Diego is a partnership between KPBS and 80 libraries across the county.

The idea is to bring the community together by reading and discussing the same book.

This year's One Book selection for adult readers is "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai. The novel is set in Chicago, in the 1980s at the height of the AIDS crisis. It's a story of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss.

Makkai will be the keynote speaker at a One Book, One San Diego event Thursday. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego. Terry Cunningham, the retired head of the San Diego County public health department's STD, HIV and Hepatitis Branch, will also be speaking at the event. He'll discuss the fight against AIDS in San Diego. The event will also include a performance by the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus.

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