Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles has been selected for the 2017 One Book–One Lincoln Community Reading. The novel is available from LCL in print, large type, compact disc, downloadable audio and eBook formats.
The novel tells the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest in Moscow’s luxurious Metropol hotel for his association with a poem with revolutionary overtones.
Born and raised in the Boston area, Towles graduated from Yale College and received a master’s in English from Stanford University. A Gentleman in Moscow is his second novel. It was on the New York Times bestseller list for over 20 weeks and was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle and National Public Radio.
The runners up were Moonglow by Michael Chabon and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. The book selection process began in February when an 18-member team of community readers narrowed a list of 96 nominated titles down to three finalists. To enhance readers’ enjoyment of the One Book–One Lincoln finalists, as well as the winning title, LCL will host several events this fall:
LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience. More information about One Book–One Lincoln, including previous winners, is available here.
Based on the results of the popular vote, held in June and July 2017, the winning title for the 2017 One Book – One Lincoln is Amor Towles’ historical fiction novel A Gentleman in Moscow!
Our additional resources page for the topics and themes of A Gentleman in Moscow is now available.
An additional special program will be revealed on the One Book – One Lincoln programs page on September 5th.
If your Book Group would like to have a discussion leader from the libraries, we’d be happy to help you lead a discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow! Visit our 2017 Discussion Groups page for details!
Katie discusses each of the top ten nominees for the 2017 One Book – One Lincoln program.
This weekend features two of this year’s One Book – One Lincoln special programming events!
First, on Friday evening (November 7th), from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., visit the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown after our normal closing time, to participate in the First Friday Art Walk, and take in a One Book – One Lincoln display of lighthouse-themed artwork by artists from the Lincoln community! Artwork will officially be unveiled to the public this evening, and then will remain on display throughout the month of November at the downtown library, for your ongoing enjoyment. But…by joining us during the First Friday Art Walk, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the artists whose works are in the show!
Second, on Sunday afternoon (November 9th), starting at 2:00 p.m., at the Walt Branch Library (6301 S. 14th St.), join the members of the Lincoln and Lancaster County Genealogical Society for a look at the difficulties of tracking personal history years after the fact. What if Tom and Isabel had kept Lucy and she had only found out the truth many years later — what sources could she have used to track down her real personal history? For genealogy fans and One Book – One Lincoln fans alike!
We hope to see several of you this weekend at one of the One Book – One Lincoln special events! Don’t forget – at each public event, a signed copy of M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans will be given away to one lucky attendee! You can also fill out our online drawing form for one additional chance at a signed copy of this year’s book! (One online entry per person)
You can find two new One Book – One Lincoln recordings available online for you to hear more about this year’s book and related events.
From the One Book programming committee, Layne and Scott appeared on NET Radio’s “Friday Live” on September 12th. That “Friday Live” episode is available on the NET web site as a full-episode podcast. Listen to the whole thing if you’re interested in arts activities in the area, or zip ahead to the 49:40 mark to listen to the One Book – One Lincoln section.
Also, Layne, Marcy, Scott and Lisa, from the libraries, joined host Diane Gonzolas for an episode of 5 City-TV’s “City Focus” all about this year’s One Book – One Lincoln. The episode will be airing on 5 City-TV on Time Warner Cable’s channel 5, but is also available on the 5 City-TV web site and on YouTube. We’ve also embedded the YouTube version on this year’s One Book – One Lincoln web site [ click here for the page ] — so you have numerous viewing options. This episode runs just under 30 minutes.
Finally, your first opportunity to join in a public discussion of The Light Between Oceans takes place tomorrow (Monday September 15th) at the Gere Branch Library at 2:30 p.m. Join the members of the Gere BooksTalk group, who will be lead in a discussion of this year’s One Book title by Layne P. Come share your thoughts on this extremely popular novel! If you can’t join us, then watch for additional upcoming discussion opportunities. If you are a member of a book group, and would like to have the libraries provide a discussion leader for a group discussion of The Light Between Oceans, call us at 402-441-8503 to make that request.
http://lincoln.ne.gov/aspx/city/vod.aspx?vod=City%20Focus/One%20Book%20One%20Lincoln.mov [This year’s One Book discussion in a small window on the 5 City-TV site] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f9cxT4e9lo [This year’s One Book discussion on YouTube] http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/cic/5citytv/guides/guide-5.htm [Schedule of airings on Time Warner Channel 5 – use keyword search on this page for “One Book”]