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Pasadena:  One City, One Story 2006
featuring Kindred
by Octavia Butler

In Memoriam
June 22, 1947-February 25, 2006


about the book  About the Book                     about the author  About the Author      
about the program  About One City One Story   book discussion toolkit  Discussion Toolkit    
              video archive  Video Archive                    support one city, one story  Support One City One Story     community partners  Community Partners 

"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



About the Program
Sponsored by the Pasadena Public Library, One City, One Story is designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading by compelling friends, families and neighbors to share their experience while reading the same book. In doing so, the program engages the community in dialogue, bringing it together by promoting
tolerance and understanding through 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. Pasadena's One City, One Story began in 2002 with the selection of Mark Salzman's The Soloist. The inaugural program was enthusiastically received and followed with Leif Enger's Peace Like a River (2003), The Kite Runner (2005) and Kindred (2006)

In response to overwhelming community demand generated by the success of the program, One City, One Story became an annual tradition. Each March, Pasadenans come together to celebrate both the importance and joy of reading.

The Book
A book selection committee, which includes neighborhood residents, professional writers, book critics and librarians, narrows a list of around thirty initial recommendations to a select list of five titles. Following careful and often spirited deliberation, the title is selected and shared with the community with much fanfare.

The Authors Forum provides community members with the opportunity to dialog with the author. Book discussions are held throughout the community at the Central Library and branch libraries, neighborhood centers, and other locations. Discussions are focused around specific themes covered in the book of choice. Previous themes included racial diversity as in The Soloist, with its immigrant family and Korean cellist; mystery, miracles and the everyday ordinary as in Peace Like a River and friendship, betrayal and the price of loyalty as in The Kite Runner.

Last Year…
     • Over 20 businesses and community partners supported the project
     • Over 3,549 persons read the book
     • Over 2,200 persons attend community forums, book discussions and programs



Pasadena’s community-wide reading celebration is designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and literature.  The project is also 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.