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One Book BillingsOne Book Billings

The One Book Billings program from Billings Public Library, with the sponsorship of the Friends of the Library, announces its schedule for 2014-2015.  Discussion groups come together five times a year (every other month from September to May) to discuss the same book. Books are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library to registered participants about four weeks before the scheduled session.  The discussions are led by experienced discussion leaders and are held in locations all over Billings during a single week.  

This year’s selections are a variety of types – three novels, a non-fiction work and a book of short stories.  Most are by Montana authors, or are about Montana.  This is an interesting and challenging series and that those of you who have taken part in the past will want to do so again and ask your friends to join in. Those who haven’t yet taken part will find a great reason to give this community-wide program a try.

There will be six sessions for each book spread around the Billings community during the week. When possible, the Library will bring authors to Billings for informal discussions about their book.

Please call 657-8290 or stop by the 2nd floor Help Desk for more information on the most recent One Book Billings selection.

Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven The Miseducation of Cameron Post Edward Adrift
 Discussions take place
September 8-11, 2014
 Discussions take place
November 3-6, 2014
 Discussions take place
January 12-15, 2015
The Indian Lawyer Bloodshed on the Little Bighorn Get more information on previous
One Book Billings titles
 Discussions take place
March 2-5, 2015
 Discussions take place
May 4-7, 2015

The Big ReadThe Big Read

The Writer's Voice of the Billings YMCA and Billings Public Library have received funding several times for The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Big Read provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. It includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature and an extensive Web site providing comprehensive information on authors and their works.

Coming up in 2015: My Antonia by Willa Cather

Few books pack so much vibrantly genuine life into their pages as this classic novel of the American immigrant experience. My Ántonia teems with romance, violence, tenderness, cruelty, comedy, and tragedy—all bustling side by side in a narrative at once compassionate and gripping. 

Review a list of other The Big Read titles.