One Book One Valley (OBOV) is back for the 12th year, encouraging all residents to read the same book at the same time to create a Community Book Club.
All three County Commissioners, Red Cliff’s Town Clerk and several residents from Eagle County, attended the official kick-off event at The Bookworm in Edwards on December 1, 2022. The proclamation was read and the selected title was revealed.
“The Downstairs Girl” by Stacey Lee
A REESE’S BOOK CLUB YA PICK AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FROM THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF LUCK OF THE TITANIC, UNDER A PAINTED SKY, AND OUTRUN THE MOON COMES A POWERFUL NOVEL ABOUT IDENTITY, BETRAYAL, AND THE MEANING OF FAMILY.
By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. With prose that is witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking, Stacey Lee masterfully crafts an extraordinary social drama set in the New South.
Stacey Lee is the New York Times and Indie bestselling author of historical and contemporary young adult fiction, including The Downstairs Girl, a Reese’s Book Club Late Summer 2021 YA pick, and her most recent novel, Luck of the Titanic, which received five starred reviews. A native of southern California and fourth-generation Chinese American, she is a founder of the We Need Diverse Books movement and writes stories for all kids (even the ones who look like adults).
Stacey loves board games, has perfect pitch, and through some mutant gene, can smell musical notes through her nose.
LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
TUESDAY, JAN. 31 | 4 P.M.
Starting at Lionshead Village for the parade!
Experience the most exciting Chinese cultural event as part of the 2023 One Book One Valley programs!
Enjoy performances by Vail Mountain School’s Chinese students, dumpling-making, paper-cutting, calligraphy and traditional painting, make your very own Peking Opera mask, guess a lantern riddle and even play fun Chinese games!
This event is free and open to the public.
This program is hosted by Vail Public Library and Vail Mountain School
NENGAJO WORKSHOP TABLE:
A JAPANESE NEW YEAR’S CARD TRADITION
THURSDAY, FEB. 16 |
10 A.M. – 6 P.M.
at Vail Public Library
Get ready for the Year of the Rabbit by making your own nengajo. Just as holiday greetings or cards are exchanged in the West, nengajo, or New Years postcards are exchanged in Japan. Come make yours with us!
VIRTUAL BOOKS ‘N BITES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 | 5 P.M.
Join us! for this month’s Virtual Book Club via Zoom when we will discuss the 2023 One Book One Valley (OBOV) selected title “The Downstairs Girl” by Stacey Lee.
Email Sandy at SRivera@vailgov.com for an invitation to the monthly Books ‘n’ Bites.
SCREENING OF THE #IAmDenver DOCUMENTARY
“RECLAIMING DENVER’S CHINATOWN”
THURSDAY, MARCH 30 | 6 P.M,
AT RIVERWALK THEATER
(34253 US-6, Edwards, CO 81632)
Join the One Book One Valley initiative and Denver Office of Storytelling for a screening of
the #IAmDenver documentary “Reclaiming Denver’s Chinatown” and a Community Conversation.
Chinese immigrants made a home in Denver a decade after the city’s founding. So why doesn’t Denver have a Chinatown? Descendants of the city’s original Chinese families tell their story in Reclaiming Denver’s Chinatown, an #IAmDenver documentary from the Denver Office of Storytelling.
- Location: 34253 US-6, Edwards, CO 81632
- Date: 03/30/2023
- Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
- Cost: Free*
*Limited to 130 attendees. Food and beverages are available at movie theater concession stand at full prize.