Held each year in March, One Book One Island is a collaborative project of community partners and sponsors that seeks to promote reading, literacy and community by encouraging everyone on Nantucket to read, discuss and reflect upon the same book.

The project distributes 500 free copies of that year’s selection and offers 10 days of free events dedicated to book’s themes and stories. The book title is announced each year in January.

Past selections include:

2017
Elephant Company (Constantine Croke)

2016
The Invention of Wings (Monk Kidd)

2015
Enrique’s Journey (Nazario)

2014
To Kill A Mockingbird (Lee)

2013
The Red Garden (Hoffman)

2012
The Maltese Falcon (Hammett)

2011
 The Postmistress (Blake)

2010
Coal Black Horse (Olmstead)

2009
American Chica (Arana)
Seedfolks (Fleischman)
Abuela (Dorros)

2008
 The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
The Young Man and the Sea (Philbrick)
Island Boy (Cooney)

2007
The Kiterunner (Hosseini)
The Breadwinner (Ellis)
The Librarian of Basra (Winter)

Support for One Book One Island

The program is made possible by a special grant from the Tupancy-Harris Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  And, by the generous support of One Book One Island sponsors:

* Founding sponsors

Please consider supporting the One Book One Island Program. A $100 gift provides 10 additional free books for the community. To donate, or for more information, please contact Molly Anderson, Nantucket Atheneum, 508-228-1110.