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About The One City One Book

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Thousand Oaks Reads is a citywide literary event encouraging community members to read and discuss the same book. A celebration of the selected book includes discussion groups and special events inspired by the themes in the book. The goals are to celebrate reading and literature; engage a wide spectrum of the community in thoughtful exchange of ideas and perspectives; provide a multi-faceted array of programs related to literature and the arts; foster a sense of community. A driving notion of the program is: When we open a book together, we close it in greater harmony.

Thousand Oaks Reads is sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Library and Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library and receives generous support from local businesses and organizations.

The Thousand Oaks Reads Book Committee and Book Selection

The Thousand Oaks Reads Committee is comprised of Thousand Oaks Library staff and supporters. The committee searches for a book that meets the following criteria:

    • High Literary Quality - Reviews, analysis, commentary, and commendations from the publishing industry, librarians, journalists and educators
    • Universal themes that appeal to a wide range of readers.
    • Available in multiple formats, including paperback and audio
    • A "discussable" book likely to spark provocative discussions
    • Lends itself to creative public programming related to the book
    • Author availability and willingness to participate in an author event


    The 2024 selection is The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi.

Previous Years

To find all the Thousand Oaks Reads titles, including this year's selection, please search the library's catalog by keyword, either "OCOB" or "One City, One Book", or by subject: "OCOB."

eBook versions are also available on OverDrive and most have downloadable audio available on OverDrive.