DENVER (CBS4)- Readers are urged to vote for this year’s “One Book, One Denver.” The citywide book club started seven years ago.
The goal of the program is to cultivate a culture of reading in Denver, to build community and stimulate people to read. This is the third year the book club invites readers to vote for the book selection.
Readers are encouraged to visit denverartsinteractive.com to cast their vote. Voting continues through June 15. Once voting ends and the winning book is determined, Arts & Venues Denver will roll-out the 2011 “One Book, One Denver” program for a September 1 launch.
“We are thrilled to be a partner with One Book, One Denver for another year,” said Denver Public Library spokeswoman Diane Lapierre. “Not only does this event engage people with reading, but also creates a wonderful sense of community as thousands of book enthusiasts read and discuss the same book, at the same time.”
This year’s selections are:
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul, he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.
“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford: Henry Lee is a Chinese-American in 1986 Seattle who has just lost his wife to cancer. Henry hears that the belongings of Japanese immigrants interned during WWII have been found in the basement of the Panama Hotel, which spurs stories and memories of losses of old age and the bewilderment of youth.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells— taken without her knowledge— became one of the most important tools in medicine.
Last year’s selection, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett was a huge success with over 3,700 copies circulated.