One Story, One Community: A Summer Reading Program for Adults

One Story, One Community

One Story, One Community is a community-wide reading program put on by your Library that runs from May 13-July 28. The goal of One Story, One Community is to get as many people as possible to read and discuss the same book: “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions” by Daniel Wallace.

“Big Fish” is a short novel by Daniel Wallace that was first published in 1998. It’s a great summer read: a fantastic novel packed full of imagination and tall tales. The story is about a son trying to get to know his dying father, whose life stories have always sounded more like tall tales than truth. The book is technically for adults, but the story may have an intergenerational appeal.

Shared stories have the power to spark conversation and bring people together in unexpected ways. Reading the same book gives people a shared experience, and as your Library we want to help make that happen. We hope you enjoy reading and talking about “Big Fish” with others in our community!

Get Your Copy

We have copies of “Big Fish” in our collection for checkout. You can immediately borrow an ebook or audiobook version from hoopla digital.

We have also distributed free paperback copies of “Big Fish” in the community with the hope that people will share them with friends and family after reading.

If you need help finding a copy of the book, call Adult Services at (423) 434-4454.

Attend Community Events

We’ll have fun events throughout the summer that go along with the book’s themes. Among other things, we’ll do a free screening of the 2003 movie adaptation (PG-13) at Wallace Theatre (215 E. Main St., Johnson City) on Saturday, June 4. We’re also looking forward to hosting the book’s author, Daniel Wallace, for an author talk on Thursday, June 30.

You can find more One Story, One Community events here.

Call (423) 434-4454 or click here for more information about One Story, One Community.

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