A local organization is trying to foster reading and a sense of community in not just Winchester, but also Frederick and Clarke Counties. One book at a time. Or in this year’s case, two books.
One Book One Community is in its 16th year and has found success in spreading a love of reading through all three communities. Normally, the group selects a book, inviting everyone in the community to participate in essentially a giant book club.
Whether you belong to a book club or just read it on your own, One Book One Community welcomes everyone to join in on events and activities related to the book.
The group recently announced it’s pick for the 2018 reading program, featuring Virginia author Adrianna Trigiani’s two books Big Stone Gap and The Supreme Macaroni Factory. Although One Book One Community has always picked one book in the past, this year, organizers say they couldn’t choose just one of Trigiani’s works.
But One Book One Community doesn’t stop when readers are done with the books. The group has organized a series of events relating to Trigiani’s works, all scheduled for October. One Book One Community invites everyone to join in for a special screening of the movie version of Big Stone Gap at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Stephens City, Virginia.
In addition, the group has organized a book talk with the author, and a trip to New York City to explore the setting of Trigiani’s other book, The Supreme Macaroni Factory. Hall hopes that people from all walks of life can pick up a copy of Trigiani’s books and find a way to connect with their neighbors.
“It encourages reading, that’s the main thing,” said Amy Hall, co-director of One Book One Community. “Not only does it encourage reading, it encourages communication, so that now you have, if you or a friend, or a local book group decide to choose the book, you have someone to talk about the book with.”
If you want to get involved with One Book One Community, copies of Trigiani’s books can be found at local book sellers and local libraries.