One Book One Lincoln A joint venture of the Lincoln Journal Star and Lincoln City Libraries One Book - One Lincoln:
Friendship, Betrayal and Redemption


The fourth One Book - One Lincoln community reading program began on August 22, 2005, with the announcement of Khaled Hossein's novel The Kite Runner as the selected title for 2005. This is a joint venture of the Lincoln Journal Star and the Lincoln City Libraries. This year's official Resource Guide was published in the Lincoln Journal Star on September 19th. The scheduled events of One Book -- One Lincoln -- 2005 concluded November 10th, with the final public Discussion Group.. Information about The Kite Runner and One Book - One Lincoln 2005 is still available on this page.

Information about the selected novel - The Kite Runner An extensive list of links to on-line reviews of The Kite Runner, plus a list of sources at Lincoln City Libraries for printed reviews of the novel Links to on-line excerpts from the novel The Kite Runner Information about Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner A list of links to on-line interviews with Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner See a list of The Kite Runner book discussion group times and locations Links to several on-line sources for Discussion Questions for book groups reading The Kite Runner Connect to our special online discussion forum for The Kite Runner See a list of list of official events taking place during September, October or November as part of the One Book - One Lincoln experience Links to other cities and organizations which have selected The Kite Runner as their 'community reading projects' Information about Afghanistan, its People, Culture and History Information about Afghan Kites and Afghan Kite Fighting Visit our page of Related Resources for The Kite Runner and One Book - One Lincoln - 2005 Check the availability of The Kite Runner in the Lincoln City Library holdings Kite Runner Menu Options

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini has been selected for the 2005 "One Book - One Lincoln" program.

About One Book - One Lincoln - 2005

One Book - One Lincoln is a community reading program co-sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries and the Lincoln Journal Star. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience.

The Kite Runner cover image The idea of city-wide reading programs started in Seattle in 1998 with the program "If All Seattle Read the Same Book" initiated by the Washington Center for the Book located at the Seattle Public Library. The Library of Congress' Center for the Book reports that "One Book" programs are being introduced across the U.S.A. and around the world.

This is Lincoln's fourth year of the program. In the fall of 2002, thousands of Lincolnites read and discussed Plainsong by Kent Haruf. For 2003, Ann Patchett's award-winning novel Bel Canto was selected for our second city-wide reading experience. And in 2004, Leif Enger's dazzling debut novel Peace Like a River was the choice for Lincoln's third annual community reading program. Now, for 2005, we invite Lincolnites to go on a journey of friendship, discovery and redemption, exploring the culture and history of Afghanistan and its people, as we read and discuss Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner.

Lincoln City Libraries Reference staff have compiled additional resources about The Kite Runner and Khaled Hosseini.

How can I participate?

Setting up a discussion group

Are you interested in starting a discussion group or leading a discussion about The Kite Runner? Lincoln City Libraries have materials available to those interested in sponsoring a discussion group. For further information about organizing a discussion group, copies of the Resource Guide with discussion questions, posters, and bookmarks, call Lincoln City Libraries, 441-8512

We can provide a discussion leader for your group

So you want to have a One Book - One Lincoln discussion group, but you don't have a discussion leader? During September, October and November, Lincoln City Libraries staff will be available to organizations, businesses and clubs interested in hosting a discussion group. For further information, call Lincoln City Libraries, 441-8535

What programs will there be? Will the author visit?

Several special programs are being scheduled at various branches of the public libraries during September, October and November with ties to the themes and events of The Kite Runner. More information will be available when the Resource Guide is made available to the public in September.

At present, Khaled Hosseini is not scheduled to visit Lincoln. This Web site will be updated to reflect any new information as it becomes available.

How was The Kite Runner chosen?

A call for nominations from the community in January resulted in 145 different titles being nominated. The general criteria for the title included:

A selection committee with community-wide representation was formed to select the book for this year's community reading program. Members included:

Peace Like a River The title they selected is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption.

What other books were considered for 2005?

The other four finalists for One Book - One Lincoln - 2005 were:

You can also Click Here for more detailed information about the five finalists!

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The Lincoln Journal Star and the Lincoln City Libraries thank the following additional supporter of One Book - One Lincoln:

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One Book - One Lincoln - 2004: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
One Book - One Lincoln - 2003: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
One Book - One Lincoln - 2002: Plainsong by Kent Haruf