One Book One Community Sponsored by PCEF is October 8th and 9th, 2019!

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 Thanks to our donors, PCEF is thrilled to bring The Boy who Harnassed the Wind author William Kamkwamba to Park City. He will be speaking with PCHS & TMJH students on October 8th and 9th, as well as at a public Community Conversation the evening of October 9th.

In addition, we are pleased to collaborate with many community partners, including Dolly's Bookstore, Summit County Library at Kimball Junction, PC Library, PC Film Series, and Sundance Institute, who are bringing additional enriching events in conjunction with Mr. Kamkwamba's visit

The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind - New York Times Bestseller

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him. It was made into a feature film which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Thank you to Montage Deer Valley and the Utah Humanities Council 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.


Roger and a few private donors funded the first two years, and then, thanks to our donors, PCEF funded the author visit. 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. This led to a name change from Author-in-Residence to One Book One Community, sponsored by PCEF.


Previous One Book One Community Author Visits:

2018 Camron Wright, "The Rent Collector"

2017 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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