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

A selection committee comprised of Young Leadership Council members and book-loving New Orleanians chooses one book each year.  We encourage everyone in New Orleans to read this book, working to foster a deeper sense of community through this reading experience.  We also partner with Shell, the New Orleans Public Library, the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, Radio for the Blind, and Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners, who help us reach those who would otherwise be excluded from a community of readers.  In the fall, we host a series of events inspired by the book, typically including a panel discussion with the author(s), a book drive, and a community book discussion.  These events are free and open to the public.

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
Louisiana by Erna Bordber, 2013
“Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas” by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker, 2014

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       Candace Weber

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