Each year, Shreve Memorial Library’s One Book One Parish campaign unites Caddo Parish by promoting one book title throughout Shreve Memorial Library’s 21 branches during the month of October. The public was given an opportunity to select this year’s title from July 27 to August 7, and the winning title is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. With a total of 83 votes, The Starless Sea beat out The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (57 votes) and Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham (36 votes) for the 2020 One Book One Parish title.
In The Starless Sea, graduate student Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a mysterious book hidden on a library shelf and finds his own childhood story written within its pages. As Zachary works to unravel the mystery of how his own story came to be written, he follows a series of clues and begins an enchanting journey into a magical world of lost cities and seas, lovers, whispered stories, twisting tunnels, crowded ballrooms, darkened stairwells and hidden libraries. A summary of the book is included below.
Programming for One Book One Parish takes place throughout the month of October. One Book One Parish encourages adults to read and join a parish-wide conversation about one particular book. Special programming related to The Starless Sea will include virtual book club discussions, special displays in branches, and additional interactive virtual programs related to the book title.