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June 28 - August 10, 2002

One City, One Story 2002

"This program is a wonderful opportunity to bring individuals together in the community through a shared reading experience. It is certain to enrich the lives of all who participate."


Mayor Bill Bogaard,
  Honorary Committee

Fact Sheet

About the Project:

This summer, Pasadena will be buzzing about an American music professor, a child prodigy and a murder trial.  No, the tale is not from the pages of the local newspaper, but from “The Soloist” by Mark Salzman, selected for Pasadena’s first-ever One City, One Story project.  

Sponsored by the Pasadena Public Library, the program is designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and compel friends, families and neighbors to share their experience while reading the same book.  The project is further intended to engage the community in dialogue and seeks to bring the Pasadena community together by promoting tolerance and understanding about differing points of view.   

One City, One Story is based on a successful program that started in Seattle in 1996 and has spread to other cities across the country.  The Pasadena project is being coordinated by a Steering Committee composed of librarians, library commissioners, and community residents.  An Honorary Committee includes community leaders who are lending their support to the project. 

About the Book:

A book selection committee, which included neighborhood residents, professional writers, book critics and librarians, narrowed a list of thirty initial recommendations to a select list of five titles.  Following careful deliberation, The Soloist, by Mark Salzman was the ultimate selection. The Soloist, Salzman’s third novel, was published in 1994 and received a Pulitzer Prize nomination and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize for fiction. 

Mark Salzman holds a degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Yale.  He lived in China from 1982 to 1984, where he taught English at Hunan Medical College.  Mr. Salzman’s other books include Iron and Silk, The Laughing Sutra, Lost in Place, and his best-selling novel, Lying Awake.   

Copies of The Soloist are available for loan at all Pasadena Public Library branches and are available for purchase at local bookstores.  

Programs & Activities:

One City, One Story will offer a variety of unique and exciting activities all centered on promoting reading as a communal activity.  Events will include a wide range of family and neighborhood-based activities including book talks, musical and theatrical performances, workplace discussions, artistic expressions – all intended to encourage discussion about the themes raised in the book The Soloist.   

Book discussions will be held throughout the community at branch libraries, neighborhood centers, and other locations.  Discussions may be focused around specific themes covered in The Soloist such as music education, child prodigies, mentor/student relationships, the jury system, or the experiences of immigrants living in Los Angeles. 

A book discussion guide and a calendar of events will be available in early June on the project home page.

Involvement Opportunities:

Volunteers are welcome to help lead discussions and assist in program activities.  Community and corporate sponsors are also invited to partner with the City of Pasadena by hosting a book discussion or other activity, or by helping to publicize or fund the project.  For more information on how to become involved, contact Bernadette Glover, Pasadena Public Library, (626) 744-7323, Beth Walker, Pasadena Public Library, (626) 744-4297, or use our online form.

For Further Information:

Check the One City, One Story home page for the most up-to-date information available on the project.  In the coming weeks, this page will include information on events, volunteer opportunities, study guide, and more. 

Project home page  | Fact Sheet | Event Photos
 Discussion Toolkit | Sponsors & Partners