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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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2019 Selections

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.

2019 Events: "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai

One Book, One San Diego Launch Event With Author Rebecca Makkai

Thursday, September 19 2019 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Balboa Theatre

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KPBS presents Rebecca Makkai, author of “The Great Believers,” the 2019 One Book, One San Diego. "The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions, through a story about friendship and redemption in the ...

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 ...

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

Thursday, September 19 2019 2:30 p.m.

Jacumba Branch 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 Group: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Saturday, September 21 2019 10 a.m.

Kensington-Normal Heights Library

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Join us to read and discuss the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai, facilitated by Kathi Diamant. Everyone is welcome. Please read the book beforehand. Books will be available for check out at the Service ...

Book Discussion: 'Halal If You Hear Me'

Saturday, September 21 2019 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Join contributing writers Kazim Ali, Mahin Ibrahim, Blair Imani, and Randa Jarrar for a book discussion of “Halal If You Hear Me,” a new anthology of writings by Muslim writers from all walks of life including women, queer, nonbinary, and ...

Saturday Book Club Discussion: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Saturday, October 5 2019 1 p.m.

Coronado Public Library

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Join the Saturday Book Club 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 ...

One Book, One San Diego: Feature Film Screening

Saturday, October 5 2019 10:30 a.m.

Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center

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When inexperienced criminal, Sonny Wortzik, leads a bank robbery in Brooklyn things quickly go wrong and a hostage situation develops. Visit the San Diego Public Library's event page to learn the title of the film. Library contact: 858-538-8158 Presented as part of One Book, One San ...

Book Discussion Group: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Tuesday, October 8 2019 1 p.m.

Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library

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Join us to read and discuss the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai, facilitated by Kathi Diamant. Everyone is welcome. Please read the book beforehand. Books will be available for check out at the Service ...

Film & Discussion: 'How To Survive A Plague'

Tuesday, October 8 2019 6 p.m.

Coronado Public Library

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Join us for a free screening of the documentary "How To Survive a Plague." In the late 1980s, members of Act-Up and other AIDS activists battle hostility and indifference to bring attention to the disease and try to reduce the number of victims while hoping to lead the ...

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

Wednesday, October 9 2019 5 p.m.

Chula Vista Civic Center Branch

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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. This discussion will be moderated by Librarian Judy Neeb. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and ...

Medical Insights: AIDS/HIV

Wednesday, October 9 2019 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library

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Dr. Raymond Chinn will speak about his experiences working with AIDS/HIV patients in the '80s as well as the some of the science behind this once deadly disease. Chinn is the former medical director of infection prevention and clinical epidemiology at Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he practiced for more than ...

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

Thursday, October 10 2019 10 a.m.

Carmel Mountain Ranch 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: Feature Film Screening

Monday, October 14 2019 2 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library

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Biopic of murdered San Francisco politician, a human-rights activist and the first openly gay man elected to major public office when he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977. Visit the San Diego Public Library's event page to learn the title of the film. Library ...

Picture This: Film Screening Of 'San Diego Gay Bar History' Followed By A Filmmaker Q&A

Monday, October 14 2019 6:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Please join us for a screening of "San Diego Gay Bar History" (2018), followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Paul Detwiler. Through archival photographs, historic footage, and interviews with bar owners, bartenders and prominent community members, this documentary provides a glimpse into the rich history ...

One Book, One San Diego: Feature Film Screening

Tuesday, October 15 2019 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library

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The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. Visit the San Diego Public Library's event page to learn the title of the film. Library contact: 619-531-1539 Presented as part of One ...

Book Discussion Group: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Tuesday, October 15 2019 6:30 p.m.

Carmel Valley 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 Club Discussion: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Wednesday, October 16 2019 10:30 a.m.

La Mesa Branch 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 ...

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 ...

'Tongue's Untied' 30th Anniversary Screening

Friday, October 18 2019 7 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Join us for a 30th anniversary screening of the ground-breaking film "Tongues Untied" by late filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Made to “shatter this nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference” this bold and beautiful film combines poetry, performance, and music into a personal and universal statement ...

Book Discussion: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Saturday, October 19 2019 10 a.m.

Alpine Branch 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: Halloween Film & Discussion

Saturday, October 19 2019 1 p.m.

Chula Vista Public Library Civic Center Branch

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Join us for a special One Book One San Diego: Halloween Film. Afterwards, we will discuss queer representation in genre films in the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic was first emerging and how queer representation in media has evolved today. Presented as part of One Book, One San ...

'San Diego's Gay Bar History' Documentary & Discussion

Sunday, October 20 2019 1 p.m.

Vista Branch Library

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"San Diego Gay Bar History" (2018), by filmmaker Paul Detwiler, traces the development of the gay bar as a community institution in San Diego, from post-WWII to the present. Winner of the Audience Award for BEst Documentary at the 2018 FilmOut San Diego LGBT film festival. Presented as ...

Heart To Heart: A Community Conversation

Tuesday, October 22 2019 6 p.m.

Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library

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Our day to day lives seldom afford us the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with people from diverse backgrounds. Take this opportunity to gain insights and understanding into the LGBTQ community. Please join us for a focused discussion with panel members from a variety backgrounds. While this program is free ...

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

Tuesday, October 22 2019 6 p.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 ...

AIDS: A San Diego History - One Book, One San Diego Event

Wednesday, October 23 2019 6 p.m.

El Cajon Branch Library

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AIDS hit San Diego hard as it did so many across the country, and the LGBT community responded by banding together, forming new organizations to deal with tragedy, including Walks for Life (later AIDS Walk), Auntie Helen's and the Blood Sisters. San Diego faced unique challenges with trying to support ...

Cinema @ The Library | 'Tres Bíen: The Big Heart Of The Big Kitchen'

Thursday, October 24 2019 6 p.m.

Fallbrook Branch Library

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Documentary screening of "Tres Bien: The Big Heart of Big Kitchen." Meet Judy Forman, who, in 1980 bought The Big Kitchen- a diner in the Golden Hilll area of South Park, San Diego. Judy, a vibrant personality, was a trained social worker and The Big Kitchen quickly turned ...

'Compensation' 20th Anniversary Film Screening

Friday, October 25 2019 7 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Join the UC San Diego Communication Department and the San Diego Central Library for a 20th anniversary screening of “Compensation,” the groundbreaking independent drama, featuring pioneering African American deaf actress Michelle Banks, by award-winning filmmaker and UC San Diego professor Zeinabu Irene ...

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

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

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 ...

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: 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: 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 ...

'Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100' | 20th Anniversary Screening

Thursday, November 14 2019 6:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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When Ruth Ellis died in 2000 at the age of 101, she was thought to be the oldest "out" African American lesbian known. Directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Yvonne Welbon, "Living With Pride" is an extraordinary film about a most remarkable woman, portraying Ruth Ellis’ indomitable ...

Book Talks & Treats Discusses 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Friday, November 15 2019 2 p.m.

Del Mar 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

One Book Documentary Film Screening

Saturday, November 30 2019 3 p.m.

Civic Center Library: Oceanside

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The Oceanside Public Library, in partnership with North County LGBTQ Center, and in honor of World AIDS Day, will have a special screening and introductory discussion of a powerful documentary about the AIDS epidemic. Library contact: (760) 435-5600 This event is part of Oceanside ...

Book Discussion Group: 'The Great Believers' By Rebecca Makkai

Thursday, December 5 2019 10:30 a.m.

Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library

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Join us to read and discuss the 2019 One Book, One San Diego selection, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai, facilitated by Steven Bernstein. Everyone is welcome. “The Great Believers” is a historical novel about the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic and ...

Film Screening: 'San Diego's Gay Bar History'

Monday, December 9 2019 2:30 p.m.

El Cajon Branch Library

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"San Diego Gay Bar History" (2018), by filmmaker Paul Detwiler, traces the development of the gay bar as a community institution in San Diego, from post-WWII to the present. Winner of the Audience Award for BEst Documentary at the 2018 FilmOut San Diego LGBT film festival. Presented as ...

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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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