Public libraries are celebrating One Maryland One Book, Maryland’s largest reading and discussion program now in its 14th year. Through One Maryland One Book, readers explore the power of literature through discussions and events across the state. Thousands of Marylanders connect in their communities to read and discuss the chosen book.
The 2021 One Maryland One Book selection is The Book of Delights by Ross Gay. His collection of musings and personal stories reflect the joy he finds in butterflies and flowers, music, a friend’s “reckless” use of air quotes, a high-five from a stranger, and the universal language of babies. His essays also touch on race and privilege, a friend’s cancer remission, and our inevitable death, yet Gay’s approach when reflecting on things sad or unpleasant always allows for a glimmer of hope. The Book of Delights is about our shared bonds and the rewards that come from a life closely observed.
Pick up a copy of The Book of Delights and join the conversation at your public library. Click your library’s logo below to get started!
One Maryland One Book is a program of the Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities.