FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Librarians from around Fairfield rallied together to choose this year’s One Book One Town title, “A House In The Sky” a memoir by journalist Amanda Lindhout, which was announced at the Fairfield Library on Thursday morning.
This is the seventh book chosen for the One Book One Town program in Fairfield and was chosen from an initial list of nearly 30 titles.
Lindhout’s book, which she co-wrote with Sara Corbett, revolves around the 15 months she spent abducted by Somali Islamist rebels in 2008.
“Her telling of how she survives the ordeal, beautifully illustrates the human capacity for courage compassion hope and spiritual triumph,” Nicole Scherer, head teen librarian and a member of the One Book One Town committee said at the unveiling Thursday morning.
Ronald described the book at the unveiling as not something for children and that it deals with mature topics.
“The best thing about this is the writing is sublime, it transports you to another place contemporary experience, and it really caught us off guard,” Ronald said.
Both Lindhout and Corbett will be coming to discuss the book with the community on March 26 at the Quick Center in Fairfield University. Book discussions, lectures and a writing contest will be a part of the month long townwide reading of the book.
For the fourth year, the library is holding a writing contest inspired by the One Book One Town program and the deadline for the unpublished work of 300 words is Feb. 13. Professional judges will evaluate the submissions and winners will be announced in March.
Copies of the book are available at all branch libraries and at the Fairfield University Bookstore on the Post Road.