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One Book, One San Diego is our region's premiere literary program, presented in partnership between KPBS and over 80 public libraries, service organizations and educational institutions. Now in its 12th 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! And for more information, click here for FAQs and selection criteria.

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Watch the 2018 Launch Event!

On Friday, September 21, 2018 KPBS hosted a special event to celebrate the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, March: Book One at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Featured speakers included the three creators of the book, Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Additional speakers included KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo, San Diego Public Library Director Misty Jones, San Diego civil rights icon Harold K. Brown, and Alonso Nunez, Executive Director of the Little Fish Comic Book Studio. Prior to the program, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir performed.

One Book, One San Diego Announces 2018 Titles

Focus on Civil Rights and American History

One Book, One San Diego announced the selections for the 2018 region-wide read: "March: Book One," a graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell; and "Blue Sky, White Stars," a picture book written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by New York Times bestselling and Caldecott-honor winning artist Kadir Nelson.

"March: Book One" Cover Art

2018 One Book for Kids Selection

Blue Sky, White Stars

For Kids!

Blue Sky, White Stars is a picture book written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by New York Times bestselling and Caldecott-honor winning artist Kadir Nelson. Deceptively simple verses pair with richly evocative images of American history, landscape, and people.

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Cover Art for "Blue Sky, White Stars"

Special Events & Film Screenings

'Representations Of The Civil Rights Movement & Black Lives Matter In Comics" Exhibition

Ongoing until Friday, March 1, 2019

SDSU Love Library

"Representations of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter in Comics," an exhibit by Pamela Jackson, explores both the historic and ongoing struggle for African American political rights, social justice and equality as reflected in graphic narrative. ...

Civil Rights Bookmark Art Contest

Ongoing until Friday, November 30, 2018

Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library

Throughout the month of November, children are invited to draw and express artistically what freedom and civil rights mean to them. The winner’s artwork will be printed as a bookmark to distribute in the library, in time for Martin Luther ...

The Struggle For Civil Rights: LGBT History

Wednesday, November 14 2018 6 p.m.

North Park Library

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Walter Meyer, manager of Lambda Archives, presents a program connecting the African-American Civil rights marches with the marches for LGBTQ civil rights, particularly with those marches and activism in San Diego. The presentation will cover the arc from ...

Civil Rights Cinema

Monday, September 17 2018 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library

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"The library will host showings of the following series of films with civil rights themes: • "Selma" on Sept. 17 from 2-4 p.m. • "Loving" on Oct. 5 from 2-4 p.m. • "Mississippi Burning" ...

The Chicano Blowouts Of 1968

Monday, November 26 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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50 years ago, a group of students in East L.A. led a series of walkouts that resulted in change to the education system that many thought was impossible. Professor Isidro Ortiz of SDSU's Chicana/o Studies Dept. discusses the ...

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Film Screening

Tuesday, November 27 2018 6 p.m.

Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" focuses on several themes in the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" a graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Library contact: 619-531-1539 This event ...

Film Screening: 'Mighty Times: The Children's March'

Wednesday, November 28 2018 6 p.m.

City Heights/Weingart Library

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"Mighty Times: The Children's March" portrays the children of Birmingham, Alabama, taking to the streets for civil rights in 1963. (2004 ‧ Indie film/short film ‧ 40 mins.) Library contact: 619-641-6100 This event is part of San Diego ...

Afrofuturism Reloaded

Saturday, December 1 2018 4 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Cultural critic Mark Dery, who coined the term “Afrofuturism” 25 years ago, gives a lecture on the cultural and artistic concept in the wake of the blockbuster movie "Black Panther." Is Afrofuturism in danger of ...

Family Movie Screening: 'Selma, Lord Selma'

Saturday, December 1 2018 2 p.m.

El Cajon Branch Library

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"Selma, Lord, Selma" is a 1999 American film based on true events that happened in March 1965, known as Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. The film tells the story through the eyes of an 11-year-old African-American girl named ...

Rising Up: Exploring Afrofuturism In 'Black Panther' & Civil Rights In 'March: Book One'

Sunday, December 2 2018 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mission Valley Branch Library

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Join Professor Ajani Brown from San Diego State University as he discusses themes of social justice and Afrofuturism in the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection "March: Book One," by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin ...

Viva Wakanda

Saturday, December 8 2018 4 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Have you wanted to talk about the once-in-a-lifetime blockbuster film "Black Panther" in a group setting and explore the movie’s themes, artistic merits, or socio-cultural impact? Join five San Diego scholars, thinkers and writers of diverse expertise steeped ...

Rising Up: Exploring Afrofuturism In 'Black Panther' & Civil Rights In 'March: Book One'

Sunday, December 9 2018 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

North University Community Library

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Join Professor Ajani Brown from San Diego State University as he discusses themes of social justice and Afrofuturism in the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection "March: Book One," by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin ...

Express Yourself Civil Rights Poetry Slam & Book Discussion Of 'March: Book One'

Monday, December 10 2018 4 p.m.

Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library

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Come express your favorite line from the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, or share your own written word on racial or labor injustice in ...

'Black Panther' Film Screening

Monday, December 10 2018 6:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Screening to highlight the Mission Valley and North University Community branch's "Rising Up: Afrofuturism in Black Panther" discussion about the "Black Panther" graphic novels and movie. Film synopsis: T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, ...

'Selma' Film Screening

Tuesday, December 18 2018 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library

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The subject of this year's One Book One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" Senator John Lewis, participated in several iconic efforts in the civil rights movement, including the event portrayed in this film, "Selma," a ...

'Representations Of The Civil Rights Movement & Black Lives Matter In Comics" Exhibition

Ongoing until Friday, March 1, 2019

SDSU Love Library

"Representations of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter in Comics," an exhibit by Pamela Jackson, explores both the historic and ongoing struggle for African American political rights, social justice and equality as reflected in graphic narrative. ...

Book Discussions

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At College-Rolando Library

Monday, November 5 2018 4 p.m.

College-Rolando Library

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Special book group meeting to discuss the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One," a graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. We'll discuss the book's its themes, ideas, and relevance ...

One Book, One San Diego: Book Discussion Sponsored By AAACE & CSDFEA

Thursday, November 8 2018 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

County Operations Center, San Diego County Library Headquarters

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The African American Association of County Employees (AAACE) and the County of San Diego Filipino American Employees Association (CSDFEA) will host a joint discussion of the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: ...

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At Carmel Mountain Ranch Library

Thursday, November 8 2018 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Carmel Mountain Ranch Library

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The Carmel Mountain Ranch book group will discuss the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, March by John Lewis. Everyone is welcome. Please read the ...

Book Discussion On 'March: Book One' At Del Mar Library

Saturday, November 10 2018 2 p.m.

Del Mar Branch Library

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Join us to explore this year's One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Explore the history through the eyes of the Civil Rights icon, Congressman John Lewis ...

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At San Marcos Library

Sunday, November 11 2018 noon

San Marcos Branch Library

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Join us to explore this year's One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Explore the history through the eyes of the Civil Rights icon, Congressman John Lewis ...

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At Point Loma Library

Wednesday, November 14 2018 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library

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Registered participants will discuss the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" a graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. A moderator will assist participants in the discussion of recurring themes ...

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library

Wednesday, November 14 2018 6 p.m.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library

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Join us to explore this year's One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Explore the history through the eyes of the Civil Rights icon, Congressman John Lewis ...

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At North Clairemont Library

Tuesday, November 20 2018 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

North Clairemont Branch Library

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The North Clairemont Book Club will discuss 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, in a relaxed, social setting. Please read the book beforehand. Pick up ...

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At Fletcher Hills Library

Wednesday, November 28 2018 6:30 p.m.

Fletcher Hills Branch Library

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Join us to explore this year's One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Explore the history through the eyes of the Civil Rights icon, Congressman John Lewis ...

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At Mission Hills Library

Thursday, December 6 2018 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Mission Hills Branch Library

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The Mission Hills Book Group will discuss the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Everyone is welcome. Please read the book beforehand. Copies will be ...

Literary Book Club Discussion: 'March: Book One' At Clairemont Library

Wednesday, January 2 2019 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Clairemont Branch Library

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Clairemont Library's Literary Book Club will read and discuss the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One" by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Everyone is welcome. Please read the book beforehand. Library ...

Book Discussion Of 'March: Book One' At Kensington-Normal Heights Library

Saturday, January 19 2019 10 a.m.

Kensington-Normal Heights Library

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Join us to read and discuss read the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One," by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Everyone is welcome. Please read the book beforehand. Books will be ...

About One Book, One San Diego

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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