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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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Announcing the 2018 Selections!

March: Book One

for all readers ages 12 and up

March: Book One, a graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. The first in a series of three, March: Book One, is a vivid first-hand account of the early life of the Civil Rights icon, John Lewis, including meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.

John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story.” Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

"March: Book One" Cover Art

2018 Launch Event March: Book One

One Book Launch Event - All Seats Have Been Reserved

Friday, September 21 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

San Diego Civic Theatre

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Join KPBS and our community partners as we welcome the co-creators of "March: Book One," the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection: Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Tickets are free but registration is required. Limited to two.

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

Social Justice Book Review Contest

Ongoing until Friday, September 14, 2018

San Diego Central Public Library

Have you read a book about people fighting to assert or preserve our inalienable rights to live with dignity and without fear? Have you read a book that inspired you to act for justice and equality? Tell us about it ...

Read It Forward At Fallbrook Library: 'March: Book One'

Wednesday, September 5 2018 4 p.m.

Fallbrook Branch Library

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Visit Fallbrook Library today for a chance to participate in the San Diego County Library's "Read it Forward" campaign, in partnership with One Book, One San Diego. While supplies last, come and pick up a free copy of the 2018 ...

Panel Discussion On Civil Rights & Race In Higher Education

Tuesday, September 11 2018 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene University

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Join us for a lively discussion inspired by the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One," a graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Panelists will include Dr. Jeffrey ...

'Dolores' Film Screening

Friday, September 14 2018 3 p.m.

Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library

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Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country's first farm workers union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality within ...

Volunteer Legal & Community Fair

Saturday, September 15 2018 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Has the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One," by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell inspired you to become an active member within the community? Then come to our 2nd Volunteer Legal ...

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" ...

National Voter Registration Day Celebration And Appreciation

Tuesday, September 25 2018 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Linda Vista Branch Library

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We'll have voter registration information and assistance in the library. Try a voter "literacy test" from the 1960s and learn about other techniques used to deny the right to vote. Library contact: 858-573-1399 The 2018 One Book, One San Diego ...

Express Yourself: Button-Making Party

Tuesday, September 18 2018 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library

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Show the world what you stand for and wear your beliefs proudly while using text and/or imagery to create your own one of a kind buttons. Library contact: 619-533-3970 The 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection is

Open Lecture At Point Loma Nazarene University: Civil Rights

Tuesday, September 18 2018 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene University

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Go back to school for the day! Seize this special opportunity to attend a class at Point Loma Nazarene University. Dr. Jamie Gates is opening his Social Change class to the public for a special lecture ...

Made In Skyline: Artivism

Thursday, September 20 2018 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Skyline Hills Branch Library

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Art meets Activism. What social issues are important to you? Create your own protest signs that get your message out loud and clear. Materials and creative instruction provided. Library contact: 619-527-3485 This event is part of our programming for this ...

What Would You March For: Sign Making Workshop

Thursday, September 20 2018 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Escondido Branch Library

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All-ages are welcome to join this community craft event, where participants will create signs for what they would be willing to march for. Located in the Turrentine Room at Escondido Branch Library. Library contact: (760) 839-4684 This event is part ...

The Human Library

Saturday, September 22 2018 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Don't miss our second Human Library at the San Diego Central Library! The aim of the Human Library is to explore and move beyond stereotypes, and learn more about each other through stories. During the event, patrons will ...

Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 25 2018 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library

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National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 25 this year. The goal is to celebrate democracy, and the rights and opportunities we share as Americans, by providing opportunities to register voters who might otherwise find themselves unable ...

'Freedom Riders' Film Screening & Discussion

Monday, September 17 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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This film portrays the powerful, harrowing and inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. More than 400 courageous Americans — old and young, black and white, men and women, Northern and Southern — risked their lives ...

'Stand And Deliver' Film Screening

Friday, September 28 2018 3 p.m.

Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library

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This film tells the story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus. Library contact: 619-424-0474 The 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection is "March: Book ...

Panel Discussion On Comic Books

Saturday, September 29 2018 3 p.m.

Civic Center Library: Oceanside

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To coincide with the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection of "March: Book One" — an award-winning graphic memoir about the Civil Rights Movement by U. S. Representative John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell ...

History Talk: 'The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture & The San Domingo Revolution'

Monday, October 1 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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2018 is the 80th year of publication of "The Black Jacobins," about the only successful revolution by enslaved peoples in history. Join Dr. Mychal Matsemela-Ali Odom for a discussion of this timeless classic of revolution and ...

Race & Realigment: America's Conflicted Political History

Friday, October 5 2018 1 p.m.

Ramona Branch Library

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Join us for a stimulating lecture covering the conflicted racial histories of America's two party system. This lecture will cover concepts such as party realignment, race vs. ethnicity, electoral capture, voter coalitions, the Southern Strategy, dog whistle politics, and whiteness ...

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" ...

'Mississipi Burning' Film Screening

Tuesday, October 9 2018 6 p.m.

Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library

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"Mississippi Burning" focuses on 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. Although the movie portrays a story that ...

'The Loving Story' Film Screening

Friday, October 12 2018 3 p.m.

Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library

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This documentary film tells the dramatic story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia, that changed history. Library contact: 619-424-0474 This event ...

The Art Of Protest: Sign Making Workshop

Saturday, October 13 2018 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Carmel Valley Branch Library

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Bring your anger, outrage, wit and creativity and join us in exploring how we can express ourselves in times of political change. In this workshop we will explore how art acts as activism and how local communities can ignite social ...

Read It Forward At Lakeside Library 'March: Book One'

Monday, October 15 2018 3:30 p.m.

Lakeside Branch Library

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Visit Lakeside Library today for a chance to participate in the San Diego County Library's "Read it Forward" campaign, in partnership with One Book, One San Diego. While supplies last, come and pick up a free copy of the 2018 ...

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

Tuesday, October 16 2018 6 p.m.

San Carlos Branch Library

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The San Carlos Branch Library will host a showing of the Oscar-winning short documentary "Mighty Times: The Children's March." The film highlights the heroism of the young activists of the 1963 Children's Crusade. Library contact: 619-527-3430 This event ...

'A Time for Justice' Film Screening

Wednesday, October 17 2018 4 p.m.

Carmel Mountain Ranch Library

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In "A Time for Justice," four-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim captured the spirit of the civil rights movement through historical footage and the voices of those who participated in the struggle. Narrated by Julian Bond ...

Art Remakes The World

Wednesday, October 17 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Civil Rights. Freedom Riders. Black Power. Freedom Summer. These actions and movements helped power the 1960s and 1970s as a defining era of political and cultural shifts. How did Black visual artists reflect, celebrate, examine, or critique the Civil Rights ...

Comics And Visual Communication: A Talk By Scott McCloud

Thursday, October 18 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

San Diego Central Public Library

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Join legendary comics guru Scott McCloud for this fast-paced pictorial presentation about comics and visual communication. Take a look at the intersection of comics, cartooning, and the broader world of communicating and learning through images. Learn about the ...

'Selma' Film Screening

Wednesday, October 24 2018 1 p.m.

San Marcos Branch Library

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"Selma" is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr., ...

The History Of Peaceful Protests

Saturday, October 27 2018 10:30 a.m.

Julian Branch Library

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Join us for a special lecture and music with singer-songwriter, and Southwest College Professor, Peter Bolland, on the history of peaceful protests. Library contact: (760) 765-0370 This event is part of San Diego County Library's programming for this ...

'The March' Film Screening

Saturday, October 27 2018 11 a.m.

Rancho San Diego Branch Library

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"The March" is a feature documentary, a celebratory story of the renowned 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Library contact: (619) 660-5370 This event is part of San Diego County Library's programming for this year's

Read It Forward At La Mesa Library: 'March: Book One'

Saturday, November 3 2018 1 p.m.

La Mesa Branch Library

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Visit La Mesa Library today for a chance to participate in the San Diego County Library's "Read it Forward" campaign, in partnership with One Book, One San Diego. While supplies last, come and pick up a free copy of the ...

Express Yourself: Button-Making Party

Tuesday, November 6 2018 5 p.m.

Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library

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Create your own button designs using text or pictures in this workshop. Library contact: 619-424-0474 This event is part of San Diego Public Library's programming for this year's One Book, One San Diego where we will explore themes ...

'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 ...

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 ...

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

Sunday, December 16 2018 6 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 ...

Book Discussions

Facilitated Book Discussion Of 'March: Book One' On Civil Rights & Race

Tuesday, September 18 2018 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene University

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Join us 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. Facilitated by Dr. Montague Williams. All are welcome! This ...

Book Discussion 'March: Book One' At Jacumba Library

Thursday, September 20 2018 2:30 p.m.

Jacumba 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 Rancho Bernardo Library

Friday, August 24 2018 2 p.m.

Rancho Bernardo Library

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Join the Rancho Bernardo Library for a lively discussion of the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One," by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. We'll discuss the Civil Rights movement and its ...

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At The Civic Center Library In Oceanside

Tuesday, September 25 2018 6 p.m.

Civic Center Library: Oceanside

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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 Fallbrook Library

Wednesday, October 3 2018 4 p.m.

Fallbrook 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 Pacific Beach/Taylor Library

Wednesday, October 3 2018 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library

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The PB Book Discussion Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month. In October, we will discuss the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One," by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. ...

'March: Book One' Book Discussion At Protrero Library

Wednesday, October 10 2018 3:30 p.m.

Protrero 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 Lakeside Library

Thursday, October 25 2018 4 p.m.

Lakeside 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' With Mira Mesa Branch Library Banned Book Club

Tuesday, October 30 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library

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Join in discussing the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection, "March: Book One," a graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, and the birth of the civil rights movement. Everyone is welcome! Please ...

Book Discussion: 'March: Book One' At Solana Beach Library

Wednesday, October 31 2018 6:30 p.m.

Solana Beach 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 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 ...

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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