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One Book, One Community

One Book, One Community connects communities in Westmoreland County while promoting literacy by asking every Westmoreland County resident to read the same book and engage in discussions throughout the county.  One Book, One Community celebrates local history, authors, and topics of interest.

To participate in One Book, One Community, view the current discussion schedule, visit a participating library to reserve a copy of the book, and attend the discussion.

Fall 2017/Winter 2018: My Antonia

My Ántonia evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather’s childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather’s earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.

Working in the fields of waving grass and tall corn that dot the Great Plains, Ántonia forges the durable spirit that will carry her through the challenges she faces when she moves to the city. But only when she returns to the prairie does she recover her strength and regain a sense of purpose in life. In the quiet, probing depth of Willa Cather’s art, Ántonia’s story becomes a mobbing elegy to those whose persistence and strength helped build the American frontier.

Thanks to a partnership with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, participants will have the opportunity to buy discounted tickets to the WSO’s performance of Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring Suite. The Suite tells the story of a spring celebration of the American pioneers of the 19th century, after building a new Pennsylvania farmhouse.

Find a One Book, One Community Discussion of My Antonia near you.

Spring/Summer 2017: Arthur and Sherlock

Arthur and Sherlock, written by Greensburg resident Michael Sims, traces the young Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation of Sherlock Holmes and the modern detective story.

“With all the brilliance of Sherlock himself . . . Sim’s magnificent work of scholarship isn’t a birth-to-death biography of Conan Doyle but a more specific investigation . . . [which] reads something like a superhero origin story . . . Sims, the author of books on E.B. White and Henry Thoreau, is himself an ingenious investigator. Among his most intriguing explorations is his teasing out of not just Conan Doyle’s personal history but the history of the detective story itself.” – New York Times Book Review

Find a One Book, One Community discussion near you.

As part of the Spring/Summer One Book, One Community event, Michael Sims will visit participating libraries to talk about his book.