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Time to vote on One Book – One Lincoln for 2018!

The three finalists for this year’s One Book – One Lincoln city-wide reading program were announced at a special event on Memorial Day. They are Fredrik Backman’s Beartown, David Grann’s The Killers of the Flower Moon, and Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.

Visit our Finalists Page, where you’ll find more information about each title, as well as several ways in which you can vote for your favorite this year!

Three “One Book – One Lincoln” events coming up in May 2018

One Book - One LincolnOne Book – One Lincoln fans,

You have three events upcoming within May to learn more about the titles being considered for the 2018 One Book – One Lincoln city-wide reading program.

2018 One Book project coordinator Katie M. will be giving a book talk at both the Bethany BooksTalk session on Friday, May 11th, and at the Gere BooksTalk session on Monday, May 14th. She’ll be discussing which books ended up in the Top 11 shortlist for 2018. These booktalks will be your only chance to find out what the Top 11 were until Memorial Day.

Bethany BooksTalk
Friday, May 11th, 10:30 a.m.
Katie M., from the Bennett Martin Library downtown, and coordinator of the 2018 ONE BOOK – ONE LINCOLN, discusses the Top 11 finalists for this year’s City-Wide Reading Program. The three you’ll get to vote on will be among these Top 11!

Gere BooksTalk
Monday, May 14th
, 2:30 p.m.
Katie M., from the Bennett Martin Library downtown, and coordinator of the 2018 ONE BOOK – ONE LINCOLN, discusses the Top 11 finalists for this year’s City-Wide Reading Program. The three you’ll get to vote on will be among these Top 11!

On Memorial Day, May 28th, the traditional annual Coffee on the Dock at The Mill event will be taking place again from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 8th & “P” St. You can gather with fellow book lovers at this event, sponsored by the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries. At 10:30 a.m., the Top 3 Finalists will be unveiled, and later that day, the online voting form on the Lincoln City Libraries’ website will be active, for readers to vote for their favorite among those Top 3 Finalists. The libraries’ One Book web pages, once revealed, will also include the shortlist of the Top 11 at that time.

All three of these events are posted as separate event pages on the libraries’ Facebook events feed. If you’re a Facebook user, we encourage you to mark yourself as “Interested” or “Going” for any of these!

Lincoln City Libraries Announces 2017 One Book–One Lincoln Title

One Book - One LincolnLincoln 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:

  • Sunday, September 10, 2 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th St.
    “The Holocaust’s Legacy” – Dr. Steve Wees discusses his experience growing up as the son of a Holocaust survivor.
  • Sunday, September 17, 3 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S 14th St.
    “Harlem Renaissance” – Lincoln vocalist Annette Murrell (Dr. Diva) interprets jazz legends Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith.
  • Thursday, September 21, 6:30 p.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S 14th St.
    “Fine Dining Á La Metropol” – Dr. Ajai Ammachathram discusses fine dining, the art of pairing wine and food and the role of a maître d’ in ensuring superb service.
  • Sunday, November 5, 2 p.m., Gere Branch Library
    “Life Outside the Metropol: The Soviet Union in the Early 20th Century” – Russian scholar Dr. Marcelline Hutton explains the political, economic and cultural forces impacting Russian life in the Lenin and Stalin eras.

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.

Bethany Books Talk, May 12, 2017: One Book – One Lincoln Top Ten Nominees

One Book - One LincolnKatie discusses each of the top ten nominees for the 2017 One Book – One Lincoln program.

Two One Book – One Lincoln events this weekend!

One Book - One LincolnlightbetweenoceansThis 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)