One Book, One Kirkwood
One Book, One Kirkwood is a yearly community read for the people throughout our St. Louis community. All events are free and open to the public.
Stephanie Powell Watts
Born in the foothills of North Carolina, with a PhD from the University of Missouri and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she now lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she is an associate professor at Lehigh University.
The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.
Inaugural selection by Sarah Jessica Parker for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central
Named one of the best books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, W Magazine, Bustle, The Millions, Babble, Redbook, Elle, Nylon, and The Chicago Review of Books
Past Years’ Selections
2017- Ariel Lawhon Flight of Dreams
2015- Robin Sloan Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore *Skype visit
2014- Alex George A Good American
2013- Joseph Schuster The Might Have Been
2012- Timothy Schaffert The Coffins of Little Hope
In The News
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Man comes home to reclaim love, American dream in novel
The Washington Post: ‘No One Is Coming to Save Us’: ‘Gatsby’ gets a revolutionary reboot
Community for Understanding and Hope Book Group
Support for this program comes from the Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.