This time of year is especially cold and quiet, and One Book One Island (OBOI) serves as a bright occasion to share some community warmth. For sixteen years, OBOI has united the intrepid beings living on Nantucket throughout the winter months. A collaborative project of community partners and sponsors, our hope is to promote a love for reading as well as a stronger sense of community by selecting a title that is available in alternate translations and formats and that has wide appeal to a variety of audiences and reading levels.
2022 OBOI selection: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
“Few fantasies are more enduring than the idea that there might be a second chance at a life already lived, some sort of magical reset in which mistakes can be erased, regrets addressed… and choices altered.” – The NY Times. The Midnight Library is a 2020 work of fiction by bestselling British author Matt Haig. In this novel, Haig addresses weighty topics through a main character, Nora Seed, who attempts suicide and must explore what it means to live while in the gray area between life and death. The book also addresses themes including small acts of kindness that can have large impacts and the power of perception. The Midnight Library won the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fiction and became a best seller upon publication.
With help from our partners, we give away at least 500 books a year and provide a robust schedule of events that are offered at no charge to the island. The 2022 initiative has included copies in Spanish distributed through the English Language Learning project at The Nantucket Atheneum and through the El Salvadoran Market. We have also distributed large print copies to Sherburne Commons and to Saltmarsh Senior Center. In addition, Susan Richards from NiSHA has provided a virtual storytime for adult residents at Our Island Home, reading twice a week from this year’s selection.
This Year’s One Book One Island program is in memory of Jim Lentowski.
Jim was involved from the very first years of One Book, One Island as the Executive Director of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Jim passed away on July 6, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. He is very missed by the One Book, One Island Committee and by our community at large. Jim made a point of attending and encouraging us all to attend the slate of programs that the committee works so hard to create for your enjoyment.
Events for OBOI 2022
(Fri, March 18 – Sun, April 3)
The schedule of events
can be found HERE.
Support for One Book One Island
The program is made possible by funding from the Tupancy-Harris Foundation and the Hale Family Foundation together with financial and staff support from the organizations below:
- Artists’ Association of Nantucket
- Fiduciary Trust Company
- Ms. Nancy Camara
- Nantucket Atheneum*
- Nantucket Book Partners
- Nantucket Community Music Center
- Nantucket Dreamland Foundation
- Nantucket Historical Association*
- Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror
- Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce
- Nantucket Lighthouse School
- Nantucket Preservation Trust*
- Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals
- The Nantucket Hotel and Resort
- Town of Nantucket