The purpose of One Book One Pass is to promote the value of reading by recommending a compelling book linking the community in a common conversation. One Book One Pass hopes to encourage dialogue about a particular book while fostering lifelong learning through reading. Each year, a new book will be selected.
In support of One Book One Pass, Pass Christian Books annually donates 300 books to Pass High School for juniors and seniors to read the year's selection as part of the school curriculum.
The inaugural 2016 selection was Erik Larson's Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. After a series of community events throughout the year featuring Dead Wake, Erik Larson spoke to a packed house of community residents on October 5th.
The 2017 One Book One Pass selection is The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward. She is also the author of Where the Line Bleeds, Salvage the Bones, and Men We Reaped.
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire This Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time.
After a series of 2017 community events discussing The Fire This Time, Jesmyn Ward will speak about her book on October 18th. 2017 One Pass One Book events will be posted on our bookstore event calendar.
Books written by Erik Larson and Jesmyn Ward are available at Pass Christian Books.