One City, Many Stories (OCMS) encourages the community to engage with the theme “Exploring Common Ground” through reading and discussion of books that are, in some way, related to this theme.
Participants can browse our suggested reading lists, share and discuss on the Goodreads platform, organize book discussions or attend a Virtual Book Discussion led by library staff, and enjoy a special live virtual Author Night.
A virtual conversation with award-winning authors Danzy Senna and Sherri L. Smith, moderated by South Pasadena Poet Laureate Ron Koertge will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m..
How do I participate in Author Night?
Register with a name and email address and follow the link to attend the event on October 27th. A computer or mobile device with an Internet connection is required for this virtual event, which will be held on Crowdcast (Crowdcast FAQ). A reminder email with link will be sent the day of the event.
Do I need to download anything?
No software is necessary to download. An app is available for iOS devices, but is not required.
Do I need a video camera and microphone?
Video and microphone are optional, questions can also be asked via the event text chat. Participants will only appear on screen when directly invited by library staff.
Which browser should I use?
The optimum web browser for Crowdcast is Google Chrome, but it is compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. Microsoft Edge and Safari have limited compatibility and are not recommended.
Long-time South Pasadena resident Koertge was appointed by the City Council as the first South Pasadena Poet Laureate in June 2018. Author of ten acclaimed poetry collections including Dairy Cows; Life on the Edge of the Continent; Indigo; and Fever”, Koertge is also a two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children’s Literature and the author of many award-winning novels. Former Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins once described Koertge as the “wisest, most entertaining wise guy in American poetry.”
Danzy Senna is the author of five critically acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction. Her first novel, Caucasia, won the Book of the Month Award for First Fiction, the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Her other books include the novel, Symptomatic, the memoir, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History, and the short story collection, You Are Free. Her latest book, New People, named one of the best books of the year by Time, Vogue and the New York Times, is a subversive and engrossing novel of race, class, and manners in contemporary America. Senna is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and the Dos Passos Prize for Literature. She teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California.
Smith is the author of seven award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the cli-fi adventure Orleans, and Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?, part of the New York Times bestselling Who HQ series. Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections. She returns to WWII with her newest novel The Blossom and the Firefly. Smith teaches in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College in Vermont. Learn more at www.sherrilsmith.com.