One Book, One San Diego

One Book, One San Diego is a community reading program managed by KPBS, in partnership with the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego County Library, the Oceanside Public Library, and many other community organizations committed to promoting literacy in San Diego, with major support provided by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and Jerome's Furniture, and additional support provided by Lloyd Pest Control.

The purpose of the program is to encourage residents to join together in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. The program also encourages participation in related events, discussions of the ideas raised in the featured books, and examination of how these ideas connect with our daily lives and local communities.

For the first time, One Book, One San Diego is expanding south of the border. It's partnering with the Association of Librarians of Baja California for a new program called “One Book Sin Fronteras.” It includes 22 local libraries and the Spanish translation of "Shadow of the Wind," "La Sombra del Viento."

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The 2015 Selection


The Shadow of the Wind takes place in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War and centers around a young boy who sets out to protect a mysterious book with his life. It is a story about mystery, fantasy, and love.  There are copies of the book in English and in Spanish at all Oceanside Public Library locations!

Join Oceanside Public Library and our partners; KPBS, the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego County Library for a FREE special presentation featuring Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of the 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, "The Shadow of the Wind," at the Vista Library.

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Vista - San Diego County Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista , CA 92084  Map | Website

The author will be available to sign copies of the book which will be available for sale.

One Book for Teens

The Dumbest Idea Ever!, renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the dumbest idea ever became the best thing that ever happened to him.  Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids' comics, having co-founded the organization Kids Love Comics. He lives with his wife Karen and their twin daughters, Stella and Anna, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

One Book for Kids

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today's world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it's story that we truly celebrate - and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again. William Joyce has put his personal stamp on children's media in every direction. His picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob, and Santa Calls; he's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series; developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life; and his films include Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.