To kick off 2017 One Book, One San Diego in North County, New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian will speak about his book “The Sandcastle Girls,” a multi-generational novel that explores the Armenian Genocide during World War I.
The free event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. . In addition to Bohjalian’s talk, the event will feature complimentary refreshments and a book signing by the author. RSVP is required at www.kpbs.org/sandcastlenorth.
Now in its 11th year, One Book is composed of literacy partners around the county who encourage residents to read and discuss a single book. A volunteer committee reviewed 206 book titles submitted by the public before selecting Bohjalian as the 2017 author.
Bohjalian said that programs like One Book, One San Diego are important because they bring communities together. “We still have a totemic relationship with books,” he said. “We still know what stories can mean to the soul. Programs like this bring us together by helping us to understand our commonalities and the myriad things we share as a people. I love it when books generate the same enthusiasm as music, movies, stage plays, and — some years — even the San Diego Padres.”
The upcoming event is hosted by several One Book, One San Diego partners including Escondido Public Library, Oceanside Public Library, and San Diego County Library.
For more information about One Book and a complete listing of events visit www.kpbs.org/one-book/. One Book, One San Diego is made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the City of San Diego, the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Lloyd Pest Control, Kaiser Permanente, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and the Payne Family Foundation.
Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Literacy Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St.