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We'd love to hear your ideas for the 2021 One Community, One Book selection. Complete this short nomination form to tell us your recommendation; you are welcome to complete the form more than once.  

Selection criteria we use

The selected book should:

  • 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 - March: push for nominations through online form
  • March: UICHR in collaboration with community organizations such as area libraries, high schools, and the Iowa City City of Literature will choose a book.
  • April: announce book choice
  • April - 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.