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One Book - One Lincoln - 2009

A Book's Incredible Journey Through History

The eighth One Book - One Lincoln community reading program began on August 31, 2009, with the announcement of Geraldine Brooks' novel People of the Book, as the selected title for 2009. The scheduled events of One Book -- One Lincoln -- 2009 will take place throughout September, October and early November.

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks has been selected for the 2009 "One Book -- One Lincoln" program.

About One Book - One Lincoln - 2009

One Book - One Lincoln is a community reading program sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. 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.

People of the Book 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 eighth year of the program. Since 2002, Lincolnites have been encouraged to read the same book each fall, and participate in special programming and book discussions. You can see an archive of the previous seven years worth of One Book - One Lincoln selections at our One Book main page.

Lincoln City Libraries Reference staff have compiled additional resources about People of the Book and Geraldine Brooks.

How can I participate?



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. Visit our Finalists page, to request a book discussion leader via our online form, or for further information, call Lincoln City Libraries, 441-8562

What programs will there be?

Several special programs are being scheduled at various library branches and other locations during September, October or November with ties to the themes and events of People of the Book. You can see descriptions at our Programs and Events page.

How was People of the Book chosen?

A call for nominations from the community in January and February resulted in 185 nominations for 127 different titles being received. The general criteria for the title included:

  • Fiction or Non-Fiction
  • Of general interest to adults and young adults
  • Sparks thoughtful discussion
  • Easily available in paperback
  • Address universal themes of life
  • Readable

A selection committee with community-wide representation was formed to narrow the list down to five finalists, and ultimately to select the book for this year's community reading program. Members of that committee included:

  • Donna Marvin, Co-Chair
  • Mary Jane Humphrey, Co-Chair
  • Patty Beutler
  • David Csontos
  • Judi gaiashkibos
  • Stephanie Geery-Zink
  • Jeff Kirkpatrick
  • Amanda Mandachit
  • Jenny Nelson
  • Julie Pokorny
  • Bob Reeves
  • Jodi Rethmeier
  • Jerry Sellentin
  • David Smith
  • Sean Story
  • Gloria Strope
  • Elaine Westbrook
People of the Book The title they selected is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

"Inspired by a true story, The People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author

Called “a tour de force” by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain.

When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding — an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics."

What other books were considered for 2009?

The other finalists in the top five for One Book - One Lincoln - 2009 were:

You can also Click Here for more detailed information about these, and the remainder of the top 12 finalists!

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