The seventeenth annual One Book – One Lincoln community reading program began on May 28, 2018, with the announcement of the Top Three Finalists and public voting through July 31st for your favorite title. The special program events of One Book — One Lincoln — 2018 will take place in September.
“A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.”
The two “runners up” in the top three for One Book – One Lincoln – 2017 were:
Click Here to visit the the official One Book – One Lincoln Finalists page for more detailed information about the Top Three titles — also, the rest of the Top Eleven titles for 2018 were unveiled in June and are listed there!
One Book – One Lincoln is a community reading program sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading reading and discussion experience.
The idea of city-wide reading programs started in Seattle in 1998 with the program “If All Seattle Read the Same Book” initiated by the Washington Center for the Book, located at the Seattle Public Library. The Library of Congress’ Center for the Book reports that “One Book” programs have been introduced across the U.S.A. and around the world.
This is Lincoln’s 17th straight year of the program. Since 2002, the citizens of Lincoln and the surrounding communities have been encouraged to read the same book each fall, and participate in special programming and book discussions. Each year, readers in Lincoln have been invited to nominate titles for consideration for that year’s selected title. You can see an archive of the past sixteen years’ worth of One Book – One Lincoln selections at our One Book main page.
So you want to have a One Book – One Lincoln discussion group for Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, or another of this year’s finalists, but you don’t have a discussion leader? During the Summer and Fall of 2017, and beyond, Lincoln City Libraries staff will be available to organizations, businesses and clubs interested in hosting a discussion group. Visit our Finalists page, to request a book discussion leader via our online form, or for further information, call Lincoln City Libraries at 402-441-8592 You can also access our list of Official Discussion Questions.
Several special programs have been scheduled at various locations during September, with ties to the themes and events of the 2018 Top 3 Finalists. You can see descriptions at this year’s One Book – One Lincoln Programs and Events page!
A call for nominations from the community in 2017 and through end of January 2018 resulted in 265 nominations for 198 different titles being received. The general criteria for the title included:
A selection committee with community-wide representation was formed, which narrowed the list down to a eleven title shortlist, and ultimately to the Top Three Finalists, which were announced to the public on Memorial Day 2018. The “Top Eleven” list was revealed on the Finalists page at the same time.
Members of the selection committee included:
Interested in past years’ One Book – One Lincoln selections?
Visit our main One Book – One Lincoln archive site [data from past years is still being converted for archiving on our new web site!]
A list of what other communities are reading for similar programs can be found on the One Book Reading Promotion Projects page on the Library of Congress Center for the Book Web site. (not kept completely up-to-date!)