On the same page
"A Fire Story", by Brian Fies, is the 2022-2-23 Book Choice.
The Claremont On the Same Page community book this year is "A Fire Story", by Brian Fies. This award-winning author and illustrator presents his personal account of the Northern California wildfires of 2017 in this powerful and moving graphic memoir.
On October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in forty-four fatalities and the destruction of thousands of homes. In "A Fire Story", Brian Fies shares an unflinching account of this tragedy as he and his wife experienced it--including losing their house and every possession that didn't fit in their car.
what is on the same page?
The Friends of the Claremont Library sponsors the annual citywide reading program: Claremont: On the Same Page.
We engage as many people as possible in the discussion of one book as the basis for a common experience.
Local reading groups and educators are are encouraged to read the book as part of their activities or curriculum.
After the book is selected in September, a variety of local events are offered to discuss the book and topics related to it. All events are all free and open to the public.
We would love you to join us in reading these books, and to attend as many events as possible.
Past selections include:
- 2021 Always a Song by Ellen Harper
- 2020 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- 2019 The Library Book by Susan Orlean
- 2018 The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- 2017 Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel
- 2016 Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
- 2015 Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- 2014 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- 2013 Take one Candle Light A Room by Susan Straight
- 2012 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- 2011 Into the Beautiful North: A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea
- 2010 The God of War by Marisa Silver
- 2009 The Soloist by Steve Lopez
- 2008 Distant Land of Our Fathers by Bo Caldwell
- 2007 Cannery Row by John Steinbeck