One Book One Valley

One Book One Valley ( is presented each year by The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, Vail Public Library, Battle Mountain High School, Vail Mountain School, Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, Eagle Valley High School, The Four Seasons Vail, and First Bank.

We encourage all residents to read the same book at the same time to create a community book club.  Programs and events related to the chosen book will happen throughout the valley and will engage readers of all ages and interests!


Did you guess the title from the teasers?


you’re right!

From the NPR coverage of this amazing, NYTimes, best seller:

Underground Airlines will start a lot of conversations. A lot.

The book’s narrator is an African-American man living in a near-future United States in which slavery has never been entirely eliminated (“Big Abe,” meaning President-elect Lincoln, was shot early in his campaign, and several Southern states amended the Constitution to retain it).

Worse, he’s working for a Union that supports slavery through its cooperation with the “Hard Four” states that maintain it. This man, whose name is generally Victor, simmers with rage early on and throughout: “I remember them. I remember them all” he says, of the men, women, and children he’s been forced to hunt down. “… it was my practice at the beginning of a new job, to think of myself as having no name at all. As being not really a person at all. A man was missing, that’s all, missing and hiding, and I was not a person but a manifestation of will. I was a mechanism — a device. That’s all I was.” (to read the entire article, please visit the NPR website via this link)

Join us throughout February, March, and April for book discussions, movies, author visits, and round table discussions of Underground Airlines!




Join us for the One Book One Valley 2018 Movie Nights @ Vail Public Library

Thursday,  March 15th @ 4:30 pm

Join us for a movie screening of “The Spies of Mississippi,” a PBS documentary special, that focuses on the events of the 1964 Freedom Summer. For the segregationists, Freedom Summer is nothing less than a declaration of war. They have quietly created a secret, state-funded spy agency, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, answering directly to the Governor. During the height of the civil rights movement, sovereignty commission operatives employed a cadre of black operatives who infiltrated the movement, rooting out its future plans, identifying its leaders, and tripping up its foot soldiers. By gaining the trust of civil rights crusaders, they gathered crucial intelligence on behalf of the segregationist state.



Thursday, March 29th @ 4:30pm

join us for the screening of “Slavery by Another Name,” narrated by Laurence Fishburne. This is a 90-minute PBS documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation.




From the beginning in 2012, One Book One Valley has led readers on a shared adventure.  Where will 2018 take us?

In 2012, Mary Doria Russell took us to visit Doc Holliday; in 2013 we journeyed Into the Beautiful North with Luis Alberto Urrea; Craig Childs challenged us to examine our place at the cultural table in 2014 and in 2015 a Cold Dish by Craig Johnson sustained us along the way; 2016 took us to Vegas; and finally in 2017 we explored a classic journey (the Odyssey) transplanted to the American West.

And now… where will we go in 2018?  And who will we meet along the way?









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