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One Book – One Lincoln

Please share your Dust Bowl memories!

worsthardtimeOne Book - One LincolnOne the most common ways in which readers have been participating in the 2007 One Book — One Lincoln events is by sharing their own personal or family Dust Bowl memories.

We’d like to encourage you to continue sharing such stories, beyond the limitations of a small book discussion group — please feel free to reply to this discussion thread on the One Book — One Lincoln Blog, and share your tales from that period with fellow on-line readers.

Are you one of the gritty, determined midwesterners who survived the ecological and economic nightmare that was the Plains states in the 1930s and 1940s? Or are you a generation or two removed — can you recall your parents’ or grandparents’ stories of what they went through? What memories were stirred up for you by reading Timothy Egan’s book, The Worst Hard Time?

Please feel free to post comments, as lengthy as you wish, so that others in our community can continue to learn and be informed via today’s technological method of oral history!

One Book 2007 Programming

worsthardtimeOne Book - One LincolnNow that we’re fully into the 2007 One Book — One Lincoln event, take a look at this year’s special programming events on our 2007 Special Events and Displays page.

Which, if any, of the special programming events do you plan to attend this year?

What did you think of the also-rans?

One Book - One LincolnworsthardtimeNow that the actual “selected title” for One Book — One Lincoln — 2007 has been announced (The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan, in case you missed it!), here’s your opportunity to comment on the other One Book finalists.

Which was your favorite of the other 2007 finalists, and why?

    Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
    The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

Thanks for participating!

The Worst Hard Time

One Book - One LincolnworsthardtimeThe Worst Hard Time

The Lincoln City Libraries and the Lincoln Journal Star announced this morning, via today’s paper and the library web site, that Timothy Egan’s National Book Award-winning non-fiction title The Worst Hard Time has been selected for this year’s One Book — One Lincoln community-wide reading project.

Copies of this book are available in both print and book-on-CD editions. Special programs and events, based on the themes of The Worst Hard Time, are scheduled at various library branches and other locations throughout the city in September, October and November. And various opportunities for group discussions of the book will also be available throughout Lincoln.

All the information about this year’s events and discussions, as well as background information about the book, the author and the themes and subjects of The Worst Hard Time, are available on the official 2007 One Book — One Lincoln web site.

And the winning title is…

One Book - One LincolnThe title selected for this year’s One Book — One Lincoln citywide reading project will be announced in the paper and on the library’s web site tomorrow — August 27th.

Discussion topics will be posted here on the One Book blog on a regular basis following the announcement, to give readers discussion threads in which they can post their comments.

In the meantime, please feel free to voice any opinions or questions you may have about any of this year’s five finalists, or the One Book — One Lincoln process in general.