Support “One Book, One Community” 2015

by Brie White

“One Book, One Community” is an annual reading initiative that encourages people in the same geographic location (the City of Columbia, Richland County and the Midlands) to read the same book at the same time, promoting literacy and our community all at once.

This year the book selected for 2015 is On Agate Hill by Lee Smith. The University of South Carolina Press published Smith’s collection of short stories, Cakewalk. The “One Book, One Community” website explains On Agate Hill as a novel that “evokes the South in Reconstruction from an honest female perspective”, calling it an “extremely exuberant” and “episodic story of Molly Petree, an open-hearted and headstrong young Southern woman”.

Participating is easy! You can pickup a copy from any Richland County Public library, download a copy, or buy a version at a local bookstore. There are a number of events sponsored by places such as the City of Columbia, Richland County, Jasper Magazine, and USC Press, so pick one or all and attend. Tickets are free but registration is required.

Young Palmetto Books hopes to see you there supporting such a wonderful local initiative!


The “One Book, One Community”


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The list of events associated with “One Book, One Community”: