One City One Book
One City One Book: Walnut Creek Reads is a “citywide book club” that encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of events that celebrate the book. The annual choice is typically announced in May-June and the community events are planned in the fall giving the community the summer months to read and enjoy the book.
Now in its eighth year, One City One Book: Walnut Creek Reads is presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and Contra Costa County Library. Please sign up for our e news below to receive program information.
2013 One City One Book: Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel about censorship and the burning of books, Fahrenheit 451, will be this year’s One City One Book selection. Published in 1953 this novel remains timely today as communities continue to debate the value of literacy, libraries, and freedom of thought.
One City One Book events begin September 18, the week before “Banned Books Week!” See below to plan your participation in some of the upcoming lively programs and discussions about Fahrenheit 451 taking place at the Walnut Creek libraries.
Download the discussion guide and suggested reading list HERE. Copies of the book are available for check-out through the public libraries, and at the Rossmoor Library.
Author Kevin Smokler: Reading – Why Bother?
Wednesday, September 18
7:00 pm, Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library
Smokler is author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School, and the editor of the anthology, Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times (Basic Books, June 2005), which was a San Francisco Chronicle notable book of 2005. CLICK HERE to register for this event.
ABC7 News Anchor Dan Ashley: “Which Book Would You Save?”
If books were burning, which one would you save? Join popular news personality Dan Ashley for this discussion on literacy, libraries, and access to information.
Friday, September 27
11:00 am, Rossmoor: Creekside Meeting Room #3
Wednesday, October 2
7:00 pm, Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library
A talk and book discussion with Dr. Robert Gorsch, science fiction scholar and long-time Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of California. Among numerous other achievements, Dr. Gorsch holds a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University and has extensively studied, taught, and published work on science fiction and science fiction authors such as Robert Heinlein, C.S. Lewis, and Ray Bradbury.
“Bradbury always said that he wrote science fiction not to predict, but to prevent, the future. In Fahrenheit 451 he was not actually worrying about a future world in which some government agency would be systematically burning books and the private libraries that held them. Hence, my title: ’The Metaphor of Book Burning.’” – Robert Gorsch, Ph.D.
CLICK HERE to register for this event.
If books were burning, which one would you save? Join the Walnut Creek Libraries’ manager for this discussion on literacy, libraries, and access to information.
Monday, October 7
7:00 pm, Ygnacio Valley Library
Thursday, October 10
6:30 – 8:30 pm, Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library
Critically-acclaimed writer and artist Oliver Chin will present this hands-on workshop. Called a “comics expert” by the San Jose Mercury News, Chin has conducted numerous comics workshops, written more than a dozen books, and contributed as both an entertainment columnist for Comics and Games Retailer magazine and as a reviewer for Comics Buyer’s Guide. A magna cum laude graduate from Harvard, where he was the cartoonist for the Harvard Crimson, he has spoken on NPR, FoxSports, and at many colleges such as Yale, MIT, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. Age 18 and up. CLICK HERE to register for this event. Seating is limited.
TEENS! The Walnut Creek Library Foundation got caught reading banned books! We want to see your banned book(s) too! Email us your original photo with a banned book(s) and you could win a Barnes & Noble gift certificate.
Must be between 13 to 18 to enter and either attend a Walnut Creek school or live in Walnut Creek. One entry per person. Deadline for entry is September 4, 2013; winners will be announced September 23, 2013 during Banned Books Week. Read more on the contest website and get your Entry Form: CLICK HERE
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