Patrick Ness talks with students at Riverside High School in Leesburg, Va. on Nov. 19, 2015.1book 1community is a countywide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. The program is made possible by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund, which provides thousands of copies of the chosen title every year. 

In 2015, Loudoun County residents had the pleasure of reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. The book’s themes of grief, family and truth are powerful and inspiring. Ness’ story resonated through the community as it was the focus of adult book clubs and was a hit in middle and high school classrooms. 

Ness discussed his work with and signed books for Loudoun County residents and Nov. 18 at Smart’s Mills Middle School. The next day, he enthralled Riverside High School students with a presentation and Q&A on his work and inspirations. 

With his visit to Loudoun County, Ness joined a distinguished group of authors who’ve shared their work with our community through the 1book 1community program. Stayed tuned for the selected title for 2016! 

Previous 1book 1community titles and authors:

2014: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

2013: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

2012: When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

2011: Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

2010: Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni

2009: The Wall: Growing Up Behing the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis

2008:  Nothing But the Truth by Avi

2007:  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2006:  The Giver by Lois Lowry

2005:  Witness by Karen Hesse

2004: The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal

A countywide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

Sponsored by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund