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One Town...Two Books? Fairfield Library Celebrates 10 Years With Extra Tome

State Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey takes out Fairfield two One Book One Town choices for this year.
State Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey takes out Fairfield two One Book One Town choices for this year. Photo Credit: Fairfield Public Library

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield Public Library, along with community partners Pequot Library, Fairfield University, Fairfield University Bookstore and Fairfield Museum and History Center, announced a committee has chosen two books for this year’s "One Book One Town" program: Books for Living by Will Schwalbe and A Child of Books by New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers and fine artist Sam Winston.

The "One Book One Town" program, which is celebrating its 10th year in Fairfield.

Both titles reflect on the transformative power of reading and the pleasure that is found in sharing stories with others. Books for Living is a spirited and uplifting celebration of the books that have shaped the life of one man as he navigates the modern world. A Child of Books is an awe-inspiring journey into the imagination of young book-lovers, illuminating the power of a simple invitation to read. It is a fresh and fascinating collaboration between two gifted masters.

These books — one a powerful and persuasive manifesto on the value of a reading life, the other a stunning and irresistible work of art inviting readers of all ages to dive deeply into its magic — speak directly to the heart of the One Book One Town mission. The concept aspires to connect Fairfielders with a thought-provoking story, to explore its themes, and to engage with ideas that spark a community conversation.

Schwalbe is the author of the award-winning book The End of Your Life Book Club, published in 2012. It spent more than four months on the New York Times Bestseller list and has been translated into 13 languages. He is also the co-author, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better, a business bestseller.

The signature event of the month-long celebration of Books for Living is the author visit of Will Schwalbe at 7 p.m. on March 15 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. During the month-long celebration there will be programs for all ages and for the seventh year the Library will be holding a One Book One Town inspired Writing Contest. The deadline for unpublished work on the topic of “A Book That Speaks to Me Personally” (maximum of 500 words) is Wednesday, Feb. 22. Submissions will be evaluated by professional judges. Winners will be invited to read their works at the Writers’ Read-Around on Wednesday, March 22. Winners will also be invited to a special reception for Will Schwalbe and receive an autographed copy of Books for Living.

The One Book One Town selection committee is comprised of library staff, community volunteers and community partners. In June they began reading books that were relevant to our times, interesting to a wide segment of the community and that would provoke conversations. This year they read close to 30 books over the course of four months before choosing Books for Living.

Registration begins on Wednesday, March 1 at 9 a.m. on the Fairfield Public Library events calendar at or by calling 203-256-3160.

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