SAN DIEGO COUNTY — KPBS has announced “Monstress” by San Diego-native Lysley Tenori, as its 2014 “One Book, One San Diego” selection.
Event sites will include all 34 San Diego County Library branches including Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. Additional schools and local organizations will also participate in the program.
More than 800 nominations were submitted by San Diego County residents, representing 350 different titles. Of these, the One Book advisory committee narrowed down the list over a period of weeks, researching and reading dozens of selections. Ultimately, the committee chose a book of short stories set among Filipino-American communities in California and the Philippines.
“I’m honored that “Monstress” has been selected for the ‘One Book, One San Diego’ program, and I’m excited to discuss my book with readers from my hometown,” said Lysley Tenorio. “I can’t imagine growing up without the library, especially the San Diego Public Library’s Mira Mesa branch, where I learned to love books and the joy that comes from browsing the shelves in search of a great read,” Tenorio said.
The “Monstress” read will kick off in early October with a series of headlining events featuring the author. This will be followed by community events and discussions to be held throughout the fall. An event schedule will be available by late summer.
“One Book, One San Diego” community partners will host a variety of activities including panel discussions, film screening and book talks based on issues and themes in the book. This is the eighth year of “One Book, One San Diego,” a community reading program that aims to bring San Diego County residents closer together through reading and discussing one book. The program also selects both a children’s and middle-grade companion book to complement the adult selection. Those titles will be announced in June, and programming around those books will occur alongside adult programming in the fall.