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One Book, One Community

One Book, One Community is an annual event encouraging residents of the City of Columbia, Richland County and the Midlands to read the same book at the same time, and to share their passion for reading with their friends and neighbors. Every February, this initiative brings together readers from all over the Columbia area in an attempt to promote literacy and its importance to our community. Make sure to check out the One Book, One Community Facebook page for the latest updates.


2017 One Book, One Community

Selection: Grant Park by Leonard Pitts, Jr.

In February 2017, readers will join Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Leonard Pitts, Jr., as he takes on the past four decades of US race relations through the stories of two veteran journalists in his novel Grant Park.

Following the breakout success of his previous novel, Freeman, Pitts returns with an even more complex, suspenseful, and intricate story. Grant Park is a page-turning and provocative look at black and white relations in contemporary America, blending the absurd and the poignant in a powerfully well-crafted narrative that showcases Pitts's gift for telling emotionally wrenching stories. 

Grant Park is an audacious and eloquent take on politics, race, and history, and yet another demonstration that Pitts, beyond his identity as a lauded journalist, has emerged as an important voice in contemporary American fiction.

Leonard Pitts, Jr.






Get the Book, Share the Experience


Then, plan to attend the One Book, One Community events (more details to come)!

Feb 23, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr. - One Book, One Community will culminate in an engaging discussion and signing with Leonard Pitts, Jr. - 701 Whaley, Columbia SC 29201 - FREE


Previous One Book, One Community Selections

2016: The Stone Necklace by Carla Damron
2015: On Agate Hill by Lee Smith
2014: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
2013: The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
2012: Saints at the River by Ron Rash
2011: Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany




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