Press Release: 2014 One Book, One Community Features TransAtlantic

For Immediate Release

Pittsburgh, PA (February 25, 2014) – The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is excited to announce its 2014 One Book, One Community selection – TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann. Through the compelling personal stories of historical figures that share a common search for freedom, identity and peace, TransAtlantic explores the ties that bind McCann’s homeland, Ireland, with the United States. It is a novel that blurs the boundaries of the real and the imagined, the past and the present, and illustrates how our vast global community “grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.” Read the rest of this entry »


From the Author

“And in telling stories we step into someone else’s shoes.”

What an honour it is to be chosen as the Pittsburgh One Book, One Community book. I am deeply grateful and enthralled by the idea that a book can be shared in such a way. It’s as if we get a chance to sit by a giant fireside, together, gathered around, sharing a story that brings us elsewhere.

This is not a new notion of course – in my home country of Ireland we used to have the ancient tradition of the travelling “seanchai” who would gather whole communities together, sit by the fire and tell stories, sometimes for days on end. The tradition has been lost, but the instinct is always there.
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Weekly Audio Clip

In collaboration with Books on Tape, a division of Random House LLC, we are pleased to present this TransAtlantic audio clip.


One Book, One Community Through the Years!

books2Begun in 1998 in Seattle, Washington, the One Book concept was developed to build a sense of community while promoting literacy. In 2003, Allegheny County chose To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, as its first One Book, One Community. Prejudice and tolerance was the central theme, which intertwined in programming and discussions. The inaugural program was a success.
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