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Annual One Book, One Pass community read effort begins for 2024


With a goal of having everyone in Pass Christian read the same book and then join together to talk about it, the Pass Christian Library is kicking off the 2024 installment of their annual “One Book, One Pass” community read effort.

The 2024 selected author is Lauren Groff and the book selection is The Vaster Wilds.

A taut and electrifying novel about one spirited girl alone in the wilderness, trying to survive.  At once a thrilling adventure story and a penetrating fable about trying to find a new way of living in a world succumbing to the churn of colonialism, The Vaster Wilds is a work of raw and prophetic power that tells the story of America in miniature, through one girl at a hinge point in history, to ask how—and if—one can adapt quickly enough to save onesself.

Over the next several months, the community is encouraged to read the book and engage in book discussions, panel discussions, and other programs that will culminate in a visit and presentation by the author at the Randolph Center on Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Lauren Groff is a three-time National Book Award finalist and The New York
Times–bestselling author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies, Matrix and The Vaster Wilds, as well as the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize, the ABA Indies’ Choice Award, France’s Grand Prix de l’Héroïne, and the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and elsewhere. Her work has been translated into thirty-six languages.

Copies of The Vaster Wilds are available for check out at the Pass Christian Library or for purchase at Pass Christian Books.  Those with questions or needing more information are encouraged to call the library at 228-452-4596, or email PassChristianLibrary@gmail.com.