One Book, One San Diego


2016 One Book, One San Diego

Author Carlos EireThe 2016 One Book One San Diego selection is Waiting for Snow in Havana by National Book Award-winning author, Carlos Eire.

Waiting for Snow in Havana is Carlos Eire’s beautiful, nostalgia-laced memoir of his childhood in Cuba, the country he left in 1962 at age 11. Using humor, magical realism and lyrical language, Eire paints a portrait of a childhood shattered forever by the Cuban Revolution. He was one of 14,000 Cuban children brought to the U.S. without their parents as part of Operation Peter Pan. He is now a professor of religion and history at Yale University.

Guide to "Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy"


Upcoming Events

Salsa Anyone?: A One Book One San Diego Dance Party
Wednesdays, November 2, 9 & 16, 2016 | 6:30 - 8 PM | Central Library/Garden Courtyard
 
Dance for the health of it and join the hottest dance scene in the country. Wednesdays, November 2, 9, and 16 in the Garden Courtyard. Master salsero and blues musician Dennard Clendenin will teach you the basics of salsa and how to cut up on the dance floor. Then on Saturday, December 3, practice the steps you learn at a salsa music concert fronted by San Diego jazz legend Gilbert Castellanos. Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes and bring your water bottle.
 
Latin Dance Class
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 6:30 PM | University Community Branch Library
 
Learn the basics of bachata, merengue and salsa. Have fun, meet new people and keep your brain sharp by integrating different parts of your brain through the coordination, rhythm and strategy of dance.
 
Book Club Discussion: Waiting for Snow in Havana
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Mira Mesa Branch Library
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Univeristy Heights Branch Library
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 6 PM | Skyline Hills Branch Library
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 6 PM | Caliremont Branch Library
 
Book club discussion of this year's One Book, One San Diego selection Waiting for Snow in Havana -- the story of a young boy's journey from Cuba to the U.S.
 
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: A Tribute to the Latin Jazz Masters
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 6 PM | Central Library / Neil Morgan Auditorium
 
San Diego jazz legend and world-class trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos fronts an Afro-Cuban music concert in conjunction with the annual One Book One San Diego reading campaign. Joined on stage by some of Southern California's brightest musicians on the scene today - Tommy Aros (congas), Irving Flores (piano), Charlie Chavez (timbales), and Omar Lopez (bass).
 
Get ready for an exciting and high-energy musical salute to Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Chano Pozo and Tito Rodríguez, just to name a few!
 
Film Screening: Juan of the Dead
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 6 PM | Carmel Mountain Ranch Branch Library
Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 3 PM | La Jolla/Riford Branch Library
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 6 PM | Otay Mesa Branch Library
 
First there was Dawn of the Dead. Next there was Shaun of the Dead. Now the zombies have invaded Cuba and one man stands between the apocalypse and freedom.
 
One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary Event with Children's Author, Donna K. Lazo Gilmore
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 4 PM | Carmel Valley Branch Library
 
Donna K. Lazo Gilmore will read from Cora Cooks Pancit, which captures the warmth between mother and daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. With bright and charming illustrations by Kristi Valiant, Cora's family comes alive as Cora herself becomes the family's newest little chef. Copies of the book will be for sale and can by signed by the author.
 
Abuelito's Mexican Christmas Carol
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 6 - 8 PM | Central Library / Neil Morgan Auditorium
 
It's almost Navidad, and Abuelito is woken up by his adoring grandchildren to tell the story of how the miserly Ebenifacio L. Scrooge came to love Christmas and learned to care for others. Whimsical, Latino version of a Charles Dickens tale presented by Amigos del Rep in conjunction with the annual One Book One San Diego community-wide reading campaign.
 
Film Screening: Strawberry & Chocolate
Friday, January 13, 2017 | 6 PM | San Carlos Branch Library
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 6 PM | Otay Mesa Branch Library
 
This Oscar-nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites -- one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting -- and how they come to love each other.

One Book for Kids Events

Reading Fun with Girl Scouts San Diego
Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 1:00 PM | City Heights / Weingart Library
 
Join KPBS, Girl Scouts San Diego, and San Diego Public Library for storytime and crafts around The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce.  The first 50 participants at each workshop will receive a free copy of the book and a special One Book patch.  Find more information and register for the event here.

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Previous Selections

2015 One Book, One San Diego

Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón | Photo by carlosruizzafon.co.ukIn 2015 One Book, One San Diego was proud to present The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Read the KPBS article to learn more about our 2015 author and book. The accompanying young adult (middle school) title is The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley and the children's companion title is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce.

 

Guide to "The Shadow of the Wind"

 

2014 One Book, One San Diego

Author Lysley Tenorio | Photo by Tara Runyan

In 2014 One Book, One San Diego was proud to present Monstress: Stories by Lysley Tenorio. The accompanying young adult (middle school) title was American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang and the children's companion title was Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore.

 

Guide to "Monstress: Stories"

 

 

2013 One Book, One San Diego

Author Geraldine Brooks | Photo by Randi Baird

In 2013 One Book, One San Diego was proud to present Geraldine Brooks' novel Caleb's Crossing. The accompanying young adult (middle school) and children's companion titles were Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith and Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris.

 

Guide to "Caleb's Crossing"