The theme for One Maryland One Book 2021 is “Hope.”
Now is the time to share your ideas for what Maryland will read in 2021! Submit your title suggestions by Friday, November 20.
The book can be fiction or nonfiction and interpret the theme of Hope literally or figuratively. It should appeal to young adults and adults. You can suggest books of poetry, short stories, and plays, too.
In addition to relating to Hope, your suggestion should:
- be able to generate sustained discussion on the year’s theme
- be of interest to the people in the state of Maryland
- appeal to a wide range of readers of different backgrounds and reading levels
- connect to high school age readers as well as adults
- published in 2010 or later
- be of manageable page length (up to 350 pages)
- be available in paperback, priced affordably
- be available in print, audio, electronic format and, if possible, large print, film, or translation
- a living author is a consideration, but not a criterion
- a Maryland author is a consideration, but not a criterion
Check our FAQs for more information.
A Message from First Lady Yumi Hogan
Do not forget to join us for this year’s virtual Author Tour featuring Lisa See
This year, our One Maryland One Book author, Lisa See, will join us virtually at six different “stops” and we will be co-hosting with several local library systems across the state. Get your questions ready! Registration is required for all author tour stops. You must register to receive the event link. Click the button below and it will lead you to the registration page.
What if everyone read one book at the same time?
To learn more about the selection process or past One Maryland One Book picks, visit the One Maryland One Book FAQ page.
About One Maryland One Book
When we read a great book, we can’t wait to share the experience and talk about it with others. That’s one of the joys of reading.
In that spirit, Maryland Humanities created One Maryland One Book (OMOB) to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. We invite you to participate in book-centered discussions and related programs at public libraries, high schools, colleges, museums, bookstores, and community and senior centers around the state.
OMOB programs, including an author tour, take place each year in the fall. A calendar of free public events will be available online this summer.
One Maryland One Book Lead Sponsors & Partner
One Maryland One Book Sponsors
Activities in Baltimore City are funded in part by Mayor Jack Young and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
This flagship program of Maryland Humanities’ Maryland Center for the Book would not be able to reach all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City without the continued support of our partners and sponsors. Please join us in thanking them for their generosity!