One Book One Community finalists unveiled by county’s Libraries and Historical Resources Department

Seven selections named

These are the finalists for the 2024 One Book One Community program. Image courtesy Sarasota County

Seven finalists have been announced for Sarasota County Libraries’ One Book One Community program in 2024, county staff has announced.

The members of the One Book One Community Committee, comprising library staff from all 10 county branches, meet throughout the year to discuss and consider multiple books before selecting one, a news release notes. “The One Book One Community program is a catalyst for bringing people together to express ideas that will spark conversation, discussion, and relationships,” the release explains.

“This is an exciting time for us,” said Renée Di Pilato, director of the Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources Department, in the release. “The selection process is rigorous, with several qualifying factors,” she added. “Only a handful of people know the result, and they are sworn to secrecy. I’m waiting in anticipation to see which one makes the final cut.”

The top seven selections are as follows:

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune.
An Immense World by Ed Yong.
•  Island of Sea Women by Lisa See.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.
Now is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.

In March, the author of the chosen book will visit Sarasota to discuss the work, the release says. “In addition, libraries and community partner organizations will hold book discussions and present programs and events around the book, with every local branch participating,” the release points out.

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