One Book Northland

One Book Northland Events

Tuesday, April 6th  6 p.m.  Zenith Bookstore Virtual Book Club discussion
Wednesday, April 7th  6:30 p.m.  Duluth Public Library Virtual Book Club discussion
Saturday, April 10th  9 a.m.  Cloquet Public Library   In-Person Story Walk
Tuesday, April 13th  6 p.m.  Bookstore at Fitger's Virtual Book Club discussion 
Thursday, April 15th  4 p.m.  Cloquet Public Library In-Person Book Club discussion
Saturday, April 24th  10 a.m.  Hillside Sport Court In-Person Story Stroll
Wednesday, April 28th  6 p.m.  Superior Public Library Virtual Book Club discussion 
Wednesday, April 28  10 a.m.  Harrison Park In-Person Story Stroll
Thursday, April 29th  4 p.m.  Cloquet Public Library In-Person Movie event and discussion
Friday, April 30th  12 p.m.  University of Minnesota Duluth Virtual Book Club discussion
Monday, May 3rd   Anytime  Two Harbors Public Library  Virtual Movie showing
Sunday, June 13th  3 p.m.  CJM Memorial Committee Virtual discussion: Bryan Stevenson


Books for discussion are available to borrow through the library’s curbside service. If you are interested please contact to register or with any questions.



2021 Chosen Title Announcement & Information

One Book Northland Announces 2021 Book Choice:
The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead

[DULUTH, MN] - 2021 marks the 20th year the One Book project has brought Northland communities together to celebrate reading. The One Book Northland committee is pleased to announce their selection of The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead as the 2021 One Book Northland title.

The committee selection was influenced by the cancelation of the 2020 events for that year’s selected title, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, due to the pandemic. The topic of racial injustice presented in this non-fiction work still needs to be made available for community discussion and so a coordinating fiction work was carefully researched and selected. As with our first selected One Book Northland title in 2002, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, community engagement on these important topics is necessary and desired and the reason for One Book Northland.

American author Colson Whitehead has won many honors for his works, including two Pulitzer Prize awards for Fiction, for The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020, and the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2019 for The Nickel Boys, his seventh novel. He is also the author of two works of non-fiction, plus essays and short stories.

In The Nickel Boys, Whitehead tells the devastating tale of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. The novel is based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children.

In 2021, the Duluth Public Library, along with the Cloquet Public Library, Superior Public Library, Two Harbors Public Library, Barnes & Noble, Bookstore at Fitger’s, UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library, and Zenith Bookstore will sponsor events related to the selection.

Look for details and links to One Book Northland virtual events online at this spring.

The One Book Northland committee includes representatives from the Duluth Public Library, Cloquet Public Library, Superior Public Library, Two Harbors Public Library, University of Minnesota Duluth, Barnes & Noble, Bookstore at Fitger’s, and Zenith Bookstore.




Previous One Book Northland titles

2020 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
2019 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
2018 The Wind and the Drum by Katharine Johnson
2017 Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm - From Scratch by Lucie Amundsen
2016: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown 
2015: The Dance Boots by Linda LeGarde Grover 
2014: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
2013: Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland 
2012: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2011: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
2010: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
2009 Population 485 by Michael Perry
2008: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
2007: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
2006: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2005: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2004: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
2003: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
2002: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee