This fall, the Greensboro Public Library would like to invite everyone in Greensboro to read the same book for our One City, One Book program.
Every other year, the Greensboro Public Library along with many community partners, lead lively programs of discussion, films, theatrical productions, readings and more to engage the entire community in the themes of the chosen work.
After a careful selection process, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah has been chosen as the 2019 One City, One Book title. This memoir collects stories from Trevor Noah's life in South Africa. Born to a white father and a black mother, Trevor's very existence served as evidence of their union at a time when their relationship was punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Trevor uses humor and wit to bring his stories to life, even when they are hard to tell. Trevor is now the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central and continues to perform as a stand-up comedian.
This year marks the ninth One City, One Book. The selection process began 2018 when library staff and community members reviewed title suggestions. The committee read a long list of titles and five books were chosen and then reviewed by an executive committee. The five selected finalists were: Dopesick by Beth Macy, The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash, and The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Once the finalists were selected the public was invited to vote online and at local Library branches and Born a Crime was the winner.