One Book Selection Committee chooses Suncoast Empire

Hello! Many of you have been asking “What’s the One Book 2021 selection?

The One Book Selection Committee met many times to discuss the variety of book options for the 2021 selection. Every year it is a difficult decision, with many points of view and favorites to root for. The selection for 2021 was no different in that respect, but we also felt it was important to connect with the County’s Centennial.

Sarasota County will be celebrating its Centennial in 2021, and we wanted the One Book program to be a part of that programming. Our One Book goal is “To promote literacy; intergenerational discussion; and to foster a sense of community by bringing people together through reading.” So, we wanted all that, and we also wanted it to connect with the County’s Centennial.

The One Book Selection Committee started with over 20 books to choose from, whittled it down to 9, then 6, and then 3. If you’ve been visiting us here these last few weeks, you have seen the countdown, and today we will reveal the One Book 2021 selection.

Did your favorite make the cut along the way?  It’s time now to reveal the selection…drum roll please…

Suncoast Empire: Bertha Honoré Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota, 1910-1982 by Frank Cassell

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