On The Same Page
The Friends of the Claremont Library sponsors the annual citywide reading program: Claremont: On the Same Page. The idea is to engage as many people as possible in a discussion of one book as the basis for a common experience and for the pleasure of reading. Local reading groups and educators are contacted as well and encouraged to read the book as part of their activities or curriculum. Every year, the OTSP committee plans a variety of local events in October -- including, when possible, visits by the book's author -- to discuss the book and topics related to it. These are all free and open to the public.
In 2007, the first book chosen was John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Every year, the OTSP selection committee meets in the fall to select the book for the following year. There is always much excitement and anticipation of the announcement of each year's book.
We encourage you to join us in reading these books, and to attend as many events as possible.
Previous OTSP Selections
Our 2016 Selection: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
This year's On the Same Page selection is the sometimes laugh-aloud memoir of young Firoozeh, who moves as a girl from her comfortable life in Iran, to Whittier, California.Her father, a capable oil company engineer, loves America. But his often clueless enthusiasms make for some of the gentle humor that pervades the tale of this young girl’s experience growing up here as the Iran of the family’s homeland changes and they settle permanently into Southern California life.
Funny in Farsi was chosen from a list of six finalists to appeal to the wide variety of readers in Claremont. The other five titles are: The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian; The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka; The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker; I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai; and The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Garbrielle Zevin.
The book will be available for checkout at the Claremont Library, and watch this space for OTSP events.