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Voting For Coronado Community Read Book 2020 Begins August 1st

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:37 pm

The Coronado Community Read, entering its fourth year, is a joint venture among the Coronado Public Library, the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, the City of Coronado and Friends of the Coronado Public Library. The three previous books read and discussed by the community included ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot in 2017; “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline in 2018 and “The Practice House” by Coronado author Laura McNeal in 2019.

The process to select the book for 2020 began several months ago, when a subcommittee of the Cultural Arts Commission’s Literary Arts Working Team started working their way through the 101 books nominated for consideration. That group whittled the number down to 10, as Coronado Principal Librarian Franklin Escobedo explained. “The Coronado Community Read is growing. Last year we had 65 books nominated. We want to bring the community closer together, promote literacy and a vibrant literary culture, plus introduce and draw people to the library. We want the participation of the city’s Book Clubs. We are happy to come to your homes and talk about books. I moderate the Mystery Book Club and it’s fun having a book club to go to. We originally had 12 books on the list, but two of the books were hard to obtain. Some of the books were really good reads, but that doesn’t make it a good Community Read. We need a book that will reach everybody. And the Committee wanted a non-fiction title this year. One book of historical fiction made it through. These are all great books with great reviews.”

Saturday, July 13, 2019, members of book clubs from throughout the city met in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library for a Book Lovers Brunch. The goal was to further refine the list of candidates for the 2020 Community Read from 10 selections to just five. A voting system was set up for those in attendance to provide immediate feedback on their choices. Escobedo presented a brief synopsis of each book just prior to the vote.

As a point of information, if you are looking for some good titles to read, the five books which were eliminated from consideration and won’t be voted on include: 

“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson

“The Choice: Embrace the Possible” by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

“Bad Blood, Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou

“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance

“Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century” by Jessica Bruder

The five books now under consideration for the 2020 Coronado Community Read, are listed below in alphabetical order by the author’s last name, include:

“Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice” by Bill Browder

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI” by David Grann

“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuri Noah Harari

“The Last Days of Night: A Novel” by Graham Moore 

“The Library Book” by Susan Orlean

Voting will run from Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, to September 13, 2019. The winner will be announced in September at the Coronado Music Festival. Activities and programs based on the winning book will take place beginning February 21, 2020. You can vote online at: You can also vote in person at the Coronado Public Library, Bay Books or the Coronado Community Center.

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