The Law Library is so excited to be one of the 80 area libraries, service organizations, and educational institutions participating in the 2020 One Book, One San Diego program. Although this is our first year, it is the 14th year of One Book, One San Diego, the region’s premier literacy program. 2020’s One Book, One San Diego purpose is to use reading and discussion of literature as a way to bring our community closer together.

One Book, One San Diego received over 400 nominations and selected the following books for the 2020 region-wide reads:

They Called us the Enemy,” the graphic novel by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and artist Harmony Becker was selected for the Adult, Young Adult, and Spanish-language Reader categories. In this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, actor, activist, author, and California-native George Takei revisits his childhood experiences of being sent to a concentration camp as one of the 120,000 Japanese-Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Takei examines what it means to be an American as he shares how his parents used hope, love, and compassion to help their family through difficulty.

“Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind” is the selection for child readers. This book tells the true story of Clara Breed, a San Diego librarian, and the Japanese American children she corresponded with while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps in 1942. Author Cynthia Grady and illustrator Amiko Hirao use excerpts from the children’s correspondences with Ms. Breed to present a difficult subject with honesty and hope. The letters from the children are part of a special collection at the Japanese American National Museum.

Free discussions, film screenings, lectures, and workshops around the 2020 selections will be hosted by public libraries and other partner locations throughout the fall. Find details at You can register here for the FREE, virtual Kick-off Program featuring George Takei that takes place on Tuesday, September 22nd!

Launched in 2007, One Book, One San Diego encourages everyone in the San Diego and the Northern Baja region to read and discuss the same book. One Book is selected for four categories of readers: adults, teens, kids, and Spanish speakers. We will be providing more information about the programing going on around San Diego.

This partnership is just one of the many programs and resources that we have made available to you during the COVID-19 crisis. Check out our ClassesLegal Databases, and COVID-19 Legal Issues pages for more information! If you have any questions about this program, our webinars, or accessing our legal databases, please contact us via email or telephone for more information or assistance.