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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 13th year, the purpose is to bring our community closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. So, come read with us! For more information, click here for FAQs and selection criteria.

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One Book, One San Diego Announces 2019 Titles

Focus on the AIDS Epidemic, Overcoming Obstacles & Family

One Book, One San Diego announced the selections for the 2019 region-wide read: "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai was chosen for adult readers, "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander for young adults, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales for children, and "Éramos unos niños" by Patti Smith for readers of Spanish.

'The Great Believers' Author Rebecca Makkai Headlines One Book Event

The event will take place on Thursday at Balboa Theatre. It will feature a discussion on the fight against AIDS in San Diego along with a performance by the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus.

2019 Events

HIV Testing Clinics

Wednesday, September 18 2019 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Family Health Centers of San Diego will provide free and confidential HIV testing clinics every third Wednesday to all members of the public using the cotton swab testing method. Offered as part of One Book, One San Diego, featuring the 2019 selection, “The Great ...

ChicanX Children's Literature Exhibit

Ongoing until Tuesday, December 31, 2019

SDSU Love Library

"Lens on Chicana/o/x Children’s Literature," an exhibit of contemporary children’s books, runs from Oct. 21, 2019 through May 15, 2020 on the 4th floor of the Love Library in the children's collection. It features books by major voices and illustrators in Chicana/o/x children’s literature. By focusing a lens ...

Exhibit: 'The Time Of The Great Believers'

Ongoing until Monday, December 9, 2019

Linda Vista Branch Library

"The Time of The Great Believers" exhibits visual context for the 2019 One Book, One San Diego adult selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions, ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Tuesday, October 29 2019 6:30 p.m.

Mira Mesa Branch Library

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Mira Mesa Banned Book Club will host a book discussion of the 2019 One Book, One San Diego adult selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Wednesday, October 30 2019 10 a.m.

Coronado Public Library

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Join us to discuss the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. No sign up required just drop in to talk about the book. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Friday, November 1 2019 10:30 a.m.

Casa de Oro Library

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Please join us for a book discussion for adults on the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions, through ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Wednesday, November 13 2019 6:30 p.m.

Cardiff by the Sea Library

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Please join us for a book discussion for adults on the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions, through ...

Book Clinic: 2019 One Book, One San Diego Selection 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Saturday, November 2 2019 3 p.m.

Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center

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Please join us for a book discussion with our librarian to share your thoughts and reactions to the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection for adults, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and ...

One Book, One San Diego Presents: Books & Brews

Wednesday, November 6 2019 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Border X Brewing

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Join KPBS for a night of local history and art, inspired by the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. Enjoy a short informative talk by Teresa Oyos, AIDS activist and 2019 inductee of ...

One Book, One San Diego: Feature Film Screening

Wednesday, November 6 2019 6 p.m.

Linda Vista Branch Library

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Join us for a film that documents the activism of ACT-UP and TAG in contention with the slow and sometimes hostile response of the government and medical establishment to the AIDS epidemic and impacted communities. Join us for a moving look at our recent history. Visit the San ...

One Book, One San Diego: Feature Film Screening

Friday, November 8 2019 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library

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An HIV-positive man traffics unapproved medical drugs in order to help fellow patients during an era when doctors were still struggling to understand the virus. Visit the San Diego Public Library's event page to learn the title of the film. Library contact: 858-581-9934 Presented as part of

One Book, One San Diego Death Cafe

Saturday, November 16 2019 3 p.m.

Carmel Valley Library

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Join us for discussions of death and dying with San Diego experts. Tea and cake will be served. Death and dying are key issues in the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. “The Great Believers” is a ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Group: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Tuesday, November 19 2019 6:30 p.m.

North Clairemont Library

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Please join us for a book discussion for adults on the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions, through ...

Page To Screen Book Club: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Wednesday, November 20 2019 6:30 p.m.

Fletcher Hills Library

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Please join us for a book discussion for adults on the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions, through ...

About One Book, One San Diego

One Book, One San Diego: 2019 Finalists

Local readers submitted over 400 nominations for the 2019 One Book, One San Diego title. Seven finalists made the cut. The selected titles in three categories, including adult, teens and children's, will be announced at the San Diego Festival of Books on August 24 at Liberty Station.

One Book, One San Diego: FAQs & Selection Criteria

One Book, One San Diego promises to be an exciting program in 2018. This article answers common questions about the program. Contact Clare Pister at cpister@kpbs.org with further questions.

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