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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.


2015 One Book, One Community

Selection: Lee Smith’s On Agate Hill

Author Lee Smith’s On Agate Hill has been selected as the 2015 One Book, One Community title for the month-long, city-wide reading initiative that kicks off in February 2015.


On Agate Hill is set in North Carolina in the years from 1872 to1927, and also in the present. The novel evokes the South in Reconstruction from an honest female perspective. It is the exuberantly romantic and episodic story of Molly Petree, an open-hearted and headstrong young Southern woman. The novel is framed with the letters and notes of a contemporary woman who seems almost a reincarnation of Molly herself.


To participate, residents can pick up a copy of On Agate Hill at any Richland Library location or download a copy. The book can also be purchased from a number of participating Columbia-area bookstores.

Then, plan to attend the many One Book, One Community events! Tickets for the author event on February 26th at 7pm at 701 Whaley are free, but please just register for your tickets before the event. See you there.

2015 Sponsors

One Book, One Community sponsors for 2015 include the City of ColumbiaRichland Library, Jasper Magazine, the University of South Carolina Press, and One Columbia for Arts and History.



Previous One Book, One Community Selections

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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