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The Wilmette Public Library is delighted to announce that the 2019 One Book selection is Rosellen Brown's new novel, The Lake on Fire. Garnering rave reviews, the book is an epic and evocative narrative set in Chicago during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. 

Ms. Brown will discuss her book on Sunday, May 5, at 2:00 p.m. at Wilmette Junior High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette. Please join us as we explore the book and its themes in Spring 2019. 

Visit these links to learn more about the book, the authorupcoming events, and reviews.


book cover shadow    Rosellen Brown shadow


"One Book, Everybody Reads" is the Library's annual community-wide reading and book discussion program that takes place each spring. The Library selects one book and encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of related events. The culmination of the program takes place when the author visits Wilmette to talk about his/her book.

In order to facilitate the experience, the Library offers numerous copies of the book in various formats for patron use. 

Previous selected titles were:

2018: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

2017: Mischling by Affinity Konar

2016: Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

2015: Some Luck by Jane Smiley

2014: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

2013: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

2012: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

2011: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

2010: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

2009: The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester

2008: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

2007: A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind

2006: Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian


The concept of a "One Book" program was launched in 1998 when Nancy Pearl, executive director of the Washington Center for the Book in the Seattle Public Library, initiated "If All Seattle Read the Same Book." The Library of Congress offers lists of One Book Projects in the United States as well as information about the history of community reads programs on its website.



          Funding for One Book, Everybody Reads is made possible by
Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.



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