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One Book - One Lincoln - 2011

Celebrating 10 Years of Reading Together!

The tenth annual One Book - One Lincoln community reading program began on September 6, 2011, with the announcement of Abraham Verghese's compelling novel, Cutting for Stone, as the selected title for 2011. The scheduled events of One Book -- One Lincoln -- 2011 will take place throughout September and October, and early November.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese has been selected for the 2011 "One Book -- One Lincoln" program.

About One Book - One Lincoln - 2011

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.

Cutting for Stone 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 10th straight year of the program. Since 2002, the citizens of Lincoln and the surrounding communities 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 Cutting for Stone and Abraham Verghese.

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 and beyond, 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 locations during September and October, with ties to the themes and events of Cutting for Stone. You can see descriptions at our Programs and Events page.

signed book image Enter a drawing for a signed copy of Cutting for Stone!

signed book imageAuthor Abraham Verghese has graciously provided us with a signed copy of the original hardback edition of his novel. We will be holding a drawing to give away this piece of One Book - One Lincoln memorabilia on January 3rd, 2012. Entry forms for this drawing may be filled out if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Attend a library-sponsored One Book - One Lincoln discussion group or program through December 31, 2011 and fill out an entry form to win a signed copy
  • You may enter at each OBOL event you attend (one entry per person per event)
  • Library staff are not eligible to win.
  • Winner must sign a media release and agree to be photographed; winner's name will be announced on Facebook, Twitter, the library webpage and in other promotional media.

The winner of the signed copy was selected on January 3rd, and she was presented with her prize on January 6th. Click here to see a photo!

How was Cutting for Stone chosen?

A call for nominations from the community in January and February resulted in 230 nominations for 140 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 nine titles and ultimately the Three Finalists, which were announced to the public in May. Members of the selection committee included:

  • Gloria Strope, Chair
  • Tom Beckius
  • Patty Beutler
  • Cindy Conger
  • Yvonne Davenport
  • Cathy Grove
  • Kaitlyn Hansen
  • Kate Janulewicz
  • Cyndy Maddux
  • Emily Nimsakont
  • Tom Pappas
  • Layne Pierce
  • Joan Ross
  • David Smith
  • Shirley Sneve
Cutting for Stone cover image Starting in 2010, and continuing in 2011, the public was invited to vote on which of the top Finalists you would like to see as the ultimate selection for this year. The title you, the citizens of LIncoln, have selected for 2011 is Cutting for Stone by Verghese.

"Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their motherís death and their fatherís disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles--and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined."

What other books were considered for 2011?

The other finalists in the top three for One Book - One Lincoln - 2011 were:

You can also Click Here for more detailed information about these, as well as the other books that made this year's "Top Nine" list.

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One Book - One Lincoln - 2009: The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
One Book - One Lincoln - 2008: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
One Book - One Lincoln - 2007: The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
One Book - One Lincoln - 2006: The Devil in the White City by Erik larson
One Book - One Lincoln - 2005: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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