One Book, One Community 2017

Daniel James Brown presentation at the Venice Performing Arts Center

The One Book, One Community of Sarasota County committee is pleased to announce the book choice for the 2017 program: “The Boys in the Boat,” by New York Times best-seller author, Daniel James Brown.

It was a natural choice, considering that Sarasota County will host the 2017 World Rowing Championship at Nathan Benderson Park. “The Boys in the Boat” details the true story of 9 working-class boys from the University of Washington who ultimately shocked the world by defeating the most talented rowing teams at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The One Book concept was created in 1996 to help foster a shared love of reading by encouraging everyone within a community to read and discuss the same book concurrently. Sarasota County introduced its One Book program in 2003 as a way of connecting the area’s diverse communities. Anyone can participate in One Book One Community by attending an event or hosting a book discussion group, serving as a book discussion group leader or hosting a film or online discussion.

During the month of March, several programs have been planned to compliment The Boys in the Boat as we continue to commemorate the book selection.

  • The Boys in the Boat Scavenger Hunt – Put your research skills to test while hunting for information related to the One Book 2017 selection. Completed scavenger game sheets will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire with case, and two autographed books, Condominium, by John D. MacDonald and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Game Sheets are due at 5:00 p.m. on April 30 at any Sarasota County Public Library.

To learn more about how to participate in One Book and for updated programming and event information, continue to visit our website.