One Book One Community sponsored by PCEF, formerly Author-in-Residence, Comes to PCHS January 8th and 9th, 2018!

 Salt to the Sea

At the request of teachers and students, the Author-in-Residence summer reading program has been moved to January, 2018. This was based on numerous conversations with the PCHS English Department, and on survey results from the students. The overwhelming response was that this program would better serve our students and teachers if it were moved to early January of 2018. As such, there is no summer reading program for Author-in-Residence this year. 

Another exciting change is the Author-in-Residence program is joining forces with the One Book One Community reading program, and will be renamed 'One Book One Community, sponsored by PCEF.' The libraries and Dolly's Bookstore have enjoyed the opportunity to have their stakeholders take part in our author visits for the past few years. It seemed only natural to rename this program to more closely reflect its growth as a full book-loving community event!

Thanks to our donors, PCEF is thrilled to bring Salt to the Sea author Ruta Sepetys to Park City. She will be speaking with PCHS students on January 8th and 9th, as well as at a public Community Conversation the evening of January 9th.

In Salt to the Sea, bestselling author Ruta Sepetys returns to WWII in an epic novel that shines a light on one of the war's most devastating, yet unknown, tragedies. Salt to the Sea is the winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction and the Golden Kite Award for Fiction. It is New York Times Bestseller, and has just been picked up by Universal Studios for the movie rights.

Author in Residence 2018 Ruta Sepetys FINAL 

The Author-in-Residence program was the brainchild of PCHS English teacher Roger Arsht. Roger wanted every PCHS student to have the opportunity to read the same book, no matter the grade or English level class. The exciting twist was bringing the author to the high school to speak about the writing process. This college-level experience would be availble to all PCHS students - the one common academic experience of their high school career.

Roger and a few private donors funded the first two years, and then, thanks to our donors, PCEF funded the visit through our School Grant program. Through our donors, we added a public community conversation with the author, so all of Park City could take part in this unique experience. We've been thrilled to hear that parents and students are reading together and discussing the books over dinner tables. The Park City and Summit County Libraries and Dolly's Bookstore have joined in and brought additional enrichment opportunities as well.

Author-in-Residence, now One Book One Community, sponsored by PCEF, is such an important program, that we have made it a Signature Grant. Signature Grants are key programs to which we commit funding three years at a time.


Previous Authors-in-Residence

2016 Cristina Baker Kline, "Orphan Train"

2015 Daniel James Brown, "The Boys in the Boat."

2014 Reyna Grande, "The Distance Between Us."

2013 Sherman Alexie and Chris Eyre, author and filmmakers, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."

2012 Ryan Smithson, "Ghosts of War, The True Story of a 19 Year-Old GI."

2011 Garth Stein, "The Art of Racing in the Rain."

2010 Jeffrey Zaslow with Randy Pausch, "The Last Lecture."

2009 Chip Ward, "Canaries on the Rim."



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