One Book, One Michiana begins April 2023
Every year in April, the community comes together to read and discuss one book together. We ask for your help to pick the next great book!
Voting is open until November 9, 2022.
2023 Book Candidates
by Mike Curato
Curato’s semi-autobiographical graphic novel tells the story of a boy named Aiden and his experience at Boy Scout Camp in the mid-90s. Aiden doesn’t think highly of himself, struggles to fit in at school, and has a rough home life. He thinks camp will be different–that is, until he develops romantic feelings for another boy. Beautifully drawn in black and white with bursts of symbolic color, Flamer brings to life Aiden’s struggle to not only find himself, but accept himself.
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
In the summer of 1987 in El Paso, Texas, fifteen-year-old Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza is insecure and angry, burdened with his family’s secret that his brother is in prison. Dante Quintana is self-assured and intellectual, with a loving and supportive family. When they meet at the local pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two begin to spend more time together, sharing their struggles with their ethnicity, family, and their deepest thoughts and fears, an unlikely friendship develops. When Ari comes to understand that Dante’s feelings for him extend beyond friendship, he begins to question everything, especially who he always thought he was.
by Malinda Lo
Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1954, this coming-of-age story centers around Lily Lu, the 17 year-old daughter of Chinese immigrants. Lily’s dreams of working for the Jet Propulsion Lab and going to Mars set her apart, and at the same time Lily also begins to understand that she is attracted to women rather than men. In the midst of overt racism toward Chinese Americans and the threat of her father being charged with communism, Lily realizes that the life her family and community expects of her is very different from what she really wants.
This year is the 13th annual One Book, One Michiana community reading program. Beginning in summer 2022, several One Book Committee members began discussing over forty books from different categories.
The committee unanimously agreed to select a book that centers on the LGBTQ experience of teens. The goal was to choose a well-written, timely, and deeply meaningful work that provides insight and understanding through the author’s experiences. Committee members diligently read and discussed the books together. In June, they narrowed the list down to twelve, and in July, they chose the five final titles. With the help of community partners, the Library recruited eight community readers to read all five books and select the top three.
In September, the community readers met with the One Book Committee members to discuss the books, and they chose the three final titles. Finally, community members vote on the final three titles and choose the 2023 book.
2022 – Just Mercy
2021 – True Grit
2019 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
2018 – The Distance Between Us
2017 – Devil In a Blue Dress
2016 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2015 – The Night Circus
2014 – Frankenstein
2013 – Killer Angels
2012 – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
2011 – Rocket Boys
2010 – To Kill a Mockingbird