What is One Houston, One Book?

What is One Houston, One Book?


One Houston, One Book is a citywide reading program that promotes literacy, diversity, and community conversations by encouraging Houstonians to read and discuss books with a common theme. The 2023 program theme is Diverse Stories for a Diverse City.
When does the One Houston, One Book program begin and end?
One Houston, One Book begins May 15 and runs through September 30, 2023.
Why were these authors and books selected?
The stories were selected in large part because of their celebration of diversity.  The authors' work highlight identity and inclusion and mirror the experiences of many Houstonians.
In The Name Jar, Unhei is navigating a new school in a new country, and is trying to understand her own identity with intense pressure to fit in. Punching the Air highlights survival and resistance in the face of mistaken identity and wrongful imprisonment. In Once I was You, the author's identity and immigrant experience inform her journalistic choices to tell stories overlooked by mainstream media. The titles received critical acclaim and best-seller status.
How can I participate in the One Houston, One Book program?
  1. Check HPL events to find exciting programs like author talks, book clubs, read-ins, storytimes, craft times, critical conversations, and block parties. Registration is encouraged.
  2. Read the books: Follow the links to the books in this FAQ to check the HPL Catalog and reserve your copies or ask HPL staff for assistance. With a MY Link library card, you have access to the featured titles in multiple formats and languages.
  • Last Updated Jun 16, 2023
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