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One Book – One Lincoln

New episode of CityFocus on LNKTV looking at this year’s One Book – One Lincoln selection

One Book - One LincolnWatching 2018 One Book – One Lincoln coordinator Katie Murtha, and One Book selection committee member Tory Hall, as they discuss Killers of the Flower Moon (by David Grann), with CityFocus host Diane Gonzales, in an all-new episode of this city government cable and internet show:

https://youtu.be/Zjgkxbfj5uo

Final chance to vote on One Book – One Lincoln 2018!

One Book – One Lincoln fans,

Today is your final chance to cast your vote for your favorite among the three 2018 One Book – One Lincoln finalists! Voting ends at midnight, tonight, July 31st, and the winning title will be announced on Labor Day.

This year’s finalists are: Beartown by Fredrik Backman, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

You can vote four different ways:

1. Traditional paper ballots at each library location
2. The online voting form, accessible at the 2018 Finalists Page
3. On Facebook — while logged into Facebook, visit the One Book – One Lincoln Facebook page, look for the three posts (one per title) describing this year’s finalists — click “Like” or “Love” on the post(s) for the title(s) you wish to vote for.
4. On Twitter — while logged into your Twitter account, post a tweet using one of these 3 hashtags: #obol2018beartown, #obol2018killers or #obol2018little, depending on which title you wish to vote for.

[Note: You can also find links to the Facebook and Twitter voting methods on the 2018 Finalists Page as well!]

Thanks for participating in One Book – One Lincoln once again, and watch for updates about our scheduled programming, tied into all three finalist books, coming soon!

And just a reminder — if you’re a member of a book group, and would like to have one of our library staff come and lead your discussion of any of this year’s finalist titles, you can contact us at the info at the bottom of the 2018 Finalists Page as well!

P.S.: Also a reminder — you can nominate titles for future “One Book” consideration year-round, via our online One Book – One Lincoln Nomination Form. If you’ve read a good “new” book, please consider nominating it for next 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!

Discussions in August 2017

One Book - One Lincoln finalists-book coversVoting for the 2017 One Book – One Lincoln may have ended last night, but there are still One Book activities to engage in.

Checkout out our One Book Discussion Groups page to see the three One Book discussions scheduled on different days for each of this year’s three nominees — this year the Francie & Finch bookstore.

You can continue to nominate for future years’ One Book – One Lincoln consideration via our on-line nomination form.

And we’ve got special event programming associated with this year’s titles, coming up in September. Read more on our One Book events page for 2017!

2017 One Book – One Lincoln finalists announced – Voting returns this year!

One Book - One LincolnAt a special “reveal” event at The Mill in the Haymarket this morning, May 29th, the three finalists for One Book – One Lincoln for 2017 were announced. They are:


Moonglow
by Michael Chabon

Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure–and the forces that work to destroy us.

In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home in Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact–and the creative power–of keeping secrets and telling lies. It is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narrator’s grandfather and his grandmother, an enigmatic woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. It is also a tour de force of speculative autobiography in which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own imagination.

From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the “American Century,” the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.

Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.

Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi’s magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer.

and

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility –a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel

“Towles’s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends. With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia.” – The New York Times Book Review

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

“And the intrigue! … [ A Gentleman in Moscow ] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery… a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca -like drama.” – The San Francisco Chronicle


We are returning to a public vote on One Book – One Lincoln in 2017. Please visit our Finalists Page for information about the four ways in which you can express your preferences for any or all of this year’s nominated titles. On our Discussion Groups page, you can see the dates/locations of discussions of the three titles, all of which take place during the voting period.