One Book One New Orleans

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A campaign for literacy and community, One Book One New Orleans calls on New Orleans residents to share the experience of reading the same book at the same time every Fall.

How it Works

During a five-week reading period each year, One Book One New Orleans features book donations to adult literacy programs, a high school writing contest, panel discussions and other community events.

Past Book Selections:

A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines, 2004
Rising Tide” by John M. Barry, 2005
Coming Out the Door for the Ninth Ward” by Nine Time Social and Pleasure Club, 2007
City of Refuge” by Tom Piazza, 2008
Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at The New Orleans Table” by Sara Roehen, 2009
Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans” by Louis Armstrong, 2010
Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Life, and Death” by Dan Baum, 2011
The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square” by Ned Sublette, 2012

Get Involved

Volunteers are needed to plan the upcoming reading campaign, as well as for each community event.

To volunteer, email the project leaders at

Project Leaders:

Kaylee Smith       Megan Holt         Jessica Daigle

Keep up with the One Book One New Orleans on Facebook!

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