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One Book, One San Diego is our region's premier literary program, presented in partnership between KPBS and over 80 public libraries, service organizations and educational institutions. Now in its 18th year, the purpose is to bring our community closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

Each year, One Book, One San Diego features one book for adults, one for teens, one for kids and one for Spanish language readers (One Book Sin Fronteras).

In the early part of the calendar year, the community is asked to nominate titles the entire community should read together. The Advisory Committees review these nominations and ultimately select titles they believe fit the selection criteria best. In the fall, KPBS and our community partners host events inspired by the books selected.

Nominations are NOW being accepted for the 2024 One Book, One San Diego season!

Help us find the next One Book, One San Diego kids, teen, adult, and Spanish selections by submitting your nomination today!

This online nomination form is now open year round, however please submit nominations prior to March 15 for titles to be considered for the 2024 One Book, One San Diego season. Share your favorite title or two today!

View the full list of past One Book selections here

One Book, One San Diego promises to be an exciting program in 2024. This page answers common questions about the program.
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  • All three books selected for the One Book, One San Diego 2023 season exemplify courage, hope, advocacy, and solidarity. Each title explores the significance of taking pride in where we come from and coming together across differences to accomplish what we can't on our own.
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books is Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023 at the University of San Diego campus, with dozens of author panels, readings, children's activities and booksellers.
  • One Book, One San Diego has announced the selections for the 2022 region-wide read: “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett has been chosen for adult readers; “The Magic Fish” written and illustrated by Trung Le Nguyen for teens and tweens; and “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade for children.
  • Focus on disability civil rights, experiences and inclusion.
One Book is funded by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation. Additional support comes from the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, the Frieda Berlinski Foundation, and the Payne Family Foundation.

One Book is a partnership between KPBS, the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego County Library, and the following organizations: