One Book One Community Sponsored by PCEF, Comes to PCHS October 16th and 17th, 2018!

Author in Residence FY19 CamronWright copy Rent Collector Book

 Thanks to our donors, PCEF is thrilled to bring The Rent Collector author Camron Wright to Park City. He will be speaking with PCHS students on October 16 and 17, as well as at a public Community Conversation the evening of October 17th.

This college level experience is available to every PCHS student, one of just a handful of academic experiences shared by the entire student body.

The Rent Collector is the story of a young mother, Sang Ly, struggling to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. She embarks on a desperate journey to save her ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty.

Thank you to the Tom Wilson Foundation and Montage Deer Valley for program support.

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 a long-term commitment to the program. Long-term Commitment Grants are key programs to which we commit funding three years at a time.


Previous Authors-in-Residence

2017/18 Ruta Sepetys, "Salt to the Sea."

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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