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One Book, One San Diego Kicks Off

The popular community reading program selected "Sky of Red Poppies" by local author Zohreh Ghahremani.

San Diego’s popular community reading program, One Book, One San Diego, is kicking off the year with "Sky of Red Poppies," by local author Zohreh Ghahremani.

Now in its sixth year, the program has been so well received that Mayor Jerry Sanders recently proclaimed January “One Book, One San Diego Month.”

Citywide book club

Hundreds of copies are being circulated through the city of San Diego public libraries and readers can look forward to a series of related events throughout the city, including lectures, films, book discussions and author talks through March. Told from the eyes of a young girl growing up in 1960s Iran, "Sky of Red Poppies" explores a friendship that develops during a politically and socially tumultuous period of that country’s history.

While "Sky of Red Poppies" will be read by thousands of San Diego teens and adults, the program has also selected a children’s companion book so that all ages can participate. "The Secret Message" by another Southern California author, Mina Javaherbin, is based on an ancient Persian poem by Rumi and tells the story of a pet parrot who longs to be free. Copies of this book will be available for checkout in local libraries, and author talks are being planned at children’s bookstores, schools and libraries.

Program expansion

Under this year’s theme, “Around the World with One Book,” the program will feature two additional books:

  • "Moloka’i" by Alan Brennert will be highlighted in April and May
  • "Into the Beautiful North" by best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea in June and July

Each book will have a children’s selection to accompany it.

The 2012 One Book, One San Diego series will be launched at a community event featuring all three authors and "KPBS Midday Edition" host, Maureen Cavanaugh, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Ave.

Details about this and other upcoming One Book, One San Diego events can be found on KPBS.org and the San Diego Public Library’s website.

About the program

The six-year-old One Book, One San Diego program is a partnership between KPBS and the San Diego Public Library with a mission to bring San Diegans together through an enriching, locally-relevant literary experience. The program consists of a series of author events, film screenings and book discussions from January through July. It is made possible by the following funders:

  • Linden Root Dickinson Foundation
  • Lloyd Pest Control
  • Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation
  • Cubic Corporation

KPBS is a public service of San Diego State University, serving the region with TV, radio and Internet content that educates, inspires, entertains and advances civic involvement.

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