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A book has already been selected for the 2020 One Community, One Book program, but there's plenty of time to start giving recommendations for the 2021 selection. Complete this short nomination form to tell us of your recommendation. 


Selection Criteria

The selected book must:

  • Foster exploration and discussion of pressing human rights issue(s)
  • Be inclusive and reflective of a diverse readership
  • Be accessible to adults and high school students
  • Lend itself to opportunities for meaningful local action
  • Be available in paperback and preferably also unabridged audio, e-book, and large print
  • Be published within the last five years

Strong preference is given to books in which the author is available and accessible to visit the Iowa City area for in-person readings and discussions. 


Timeline for OCOB 2021

  • January - February: push for nominations through online form
  • February: UICHR in collaboration with community organizations such as area libraries, high schools, and the Iowa City City of Literature will choose a book.
  • March: announce book choice
  • March - August: plan fall 2021 events
  • Fall 2021: events including book discussions and author visits will be held during this time



The coordinator of One Community, One Book is Colleen Opal. Please contact her with any questions.