Press Release: 2015 One Book, One Community Features Five Days At Memorial

For Immediate Release

Pittsburgh, PA (February 10, 2015) – The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is pleased to announce its 2015 One Book, One Community selection – Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink. Physician and reporter Fink masterfully reconstructs the events at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina in August of 2005, in the tradition of the best investigative journalism and the finest writing on medicine.

This year’s One Book, One Community program launches on March 2nd with two author events. Sheri Fink will kick-off the day with a live streamed discussion with students at Woodland Hills High School; community members can also tune in at local area libraries. Later that evening, Fink will appear in a special Literary Evening hosted in partnership with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.

One Book, One Community will extend through the Fall, with many opportunities to connect with the themes in Five Days at Memorial. Book club discussions about the book will be held at libraries throughout Allegheny County and unique programs featuring speakers and topics on medical ethics, doctor-patient communication, disaster preparedness and more are planned at libraries throughout the year. Copies of the title and book club kits are available through the county libraries. Full details regarding programs and events are available at ONEBOOKONECOMMUNITY.ORG.

About One Book, One Community

Conceived in 1998 in Seattle, WA the One Book, One Community concept sparks community dialog through a shared reading experience. Since 2003 ACLA has hosted authors and encouraged discussions on themes ranging from intergenerational friendships to the future of our society. Sponsors include Allegheny County, Dollar Bank Foundation, Highmark, and 90.5 WESA.

Libraries are anything but quiet – join in the noise and connect with your community – one page at a time.


About the Allegheny County Library Association
The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is a system of 45 independent public libraries with more than 70 locations that work together, share resources and cooperate to better serve county residents. These libraries are community connectors providing opportunities for personal and professional development through access to content and experiences for all ages. ACLA libraries support education and exploration while developing early literacy skills, school readiness and lifelong learning.

Chrisoula Perdziola
Communications & Community Partnership Coordinator
22 Wabash Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
412.921.1123 x304