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LVC to Host First-Ever One Book, One Community Readers Celebration
03.05.14 |
This year's One Book, One Community selection is "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan. Reading campaign organizers encourage students and community members to read the book and attend the free programs and discussions, such as the first ever One Book, One Community Celebration of Readers Event on Sunday, Mar. 9 at 2 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall of the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery at Lebanon Valley College.

This event will feature songs and stories of the 1930's in America and two Pennsylvanian old-time folk bands – We3 and the Buc Hill Aces. Isaac's will be catering the reception, and there will also be a silent auction to benefit future One Book, One Community events. Although this event is free, space is limited. To register, email

The One Book, One Community Selection Committee is still taking suggestions for 2015. Starting with a long list, the committee narrows it down to three books that will be voted on. If your suggestions are not submitted in time for the 2015 process, the committee will save it for the following year, so recommendations are welcomed at any time. Be sure to include the book title, author's name, a short description, and why you think it would be a good One Book, One Community Choice in an email to

One Book, One Community is intended to promote the value of reading by recommending a compelling book that links the community in a common conversation. Several communities across the country have initiated "One Book" efforts, but One Book, One Community is the largest such effort in Pennsylvania with 93 participating libraries.

About the Book

"The Worst Hard Time" is a disaster tale telling the story of those who survived the great American Dust Bowl. Terrorizing the High Plains during the dark years of the Depression, the dust storms left families struggling with the loss of loved ones, crop failure, and blinding black dust blizzards. Recording a dozen families' accounts of the era, Egan relates their desperate attempts to carry on.

About the Author

Timothy Egan, an American author and journalist, was born in Seattle, Washington. He works for The New York Times, first as the Pacific Northwest Correspondent, then as a national enterprise reporter. Currently, Egan writes an online opinion column for The Times. He was first recognized as a Pulitzer Prize winner for the series "How Race is Lived in America" that he wrote with a team of reporters. He also won the National Book Award for "The Worst Hard Time." Egan has written several other books, including "The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America" and "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis."

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