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One Book, One Community 2016: Kingfish: Home

About the Author

Richard D. White, Jr. currently serves as the eighth dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. He has written several other political biographies; his work on Will Rogers is also available through the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. In addition to teaching and scholarly research, he has worked as a policy analyst for the White House, as a maritime law enforcement officer for the U.S. State Department, and in several other positions for the U.S. Coast Guard and other government agencies. You can watch an extensive book discussion with the author on C-Span's website.

One Book, One Community 2016

What Is It?

One Book/One Community is a community-wide reading program sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, with partners Forum 35 and Up Alliance. People from all walks of life, including middle and high school students, are encouraged to read and then discuss Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long by Richard D. White, Jr. Former Governor and Senator Long promised to make “Every Man a King,” beginning with himself, and under his quasi-dictatorial rule, Louisiana grew more than it has in a single governor's term before or since. Programs will occur throughout the library system in partnership with Forum 35.

The concept started in 1998 with the Washington Center for the Book's project, "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book"; today, cities and towns all over the nation strengthen their communities through a celebration of reading. 2016 will see a new governor for Louisiana and the election of a new President of the United States; what better way to celebrate democratic tradition than to read about the ways it has been manipulated?

One Book/One Community program is sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, with partners Forum 35 and Up Alliance, who have partnered with libraries, school systems, religious and community organizations, and key leaders of industry and commerce throughout the nine-parish area to implement this comprehensive program.

Why participate?

One Book/One Community expands the world of the reader by providing a broader and deeper understanding of literature.

Reading great literature provokes people to think about their environment, their relationships, and themselves. Talking about great literature with friends, family and neighbors or co-workers add richness and depth to the experience of reading.

This information sharing strengthens our community - we develop a sense of community around the shared experience of reading and talking about one great book.

Does it really work?

Yes! Reading sparks our imaginations, raises questions, exposes us to different viewpoints, and shapes our understanding of the world.

The shared experience of reading and discussing the same book provide the community with the opportunity to start an open dialogue with friends, neighbors, and coworkers!