What would happen if everyone in the community read the same book?

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That’s the idea behind One Book, One Michiana and, as we begin our fourth year, we’re still discovering the answer.

Books are like best friends. I can’t imagine going places without my back-up book just in case I might have some free time to read…like when I’m waiting in a drive-up line. I’m always looking for a great book – something I may not have thought about reading before.

With One Book, One Michiana, we’ve done a little of the legwork for you. When we go through the selection process, we read a lot, we discuss (okay, we argue) titles and ultimately we pick what we think is a great book. In fact, we look for something that’s compulsively discussable.

This year, we’re talking about a watershed moment in American history – the battle of Gettysburg. And we’re reading what is arguably the best work of fiction about that battle:  Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Killer Angels.

The Killer AngelsWe buy the One Book title – a lot of them. This year we have over 400 copies of The Killer Angels. And we also have the e-book, the audiobook and the movie Gettysburg, along with companion reads.

Then there are the programs. The 2013 One Book, One Michiana series runs from April 1 through May 11. SJCPL is offering nearly 20 programs; our community partners add even more.

Don’t know if you want to read the book yet? Then come eat the book with our Edible Book Festival kickoff. You’ll see master bakers and chefs vie for prizes as they interpret the book into edible goodness.

We’ll also be showing the stunningly good movie Lincoln. Come see it for free in our Main Library auditorium where the sound system is comparable to our local movie houses.

Bring the entire family to Living History Day at Francis Branch where you can meet and talk to artisans, Civil War re-enactors and Abe and Mary Lincoln.

Still don’t know if you want to join the party? Check out the website and grab a reading copy of The Killer Angels. Sometimes the social network just isn’t enough. Sometimes it’s a good thing to meet face to face. Let SJCPL be your community living room as we come together to talk about just one book.

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