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One Book One Valley

New Hampshire Humanities Council

“Finest Hours” to be One Book One Valley’s 2016 title

MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY--Program planners for One Book One Valley, the regional “big read” program entering its eleventh year, are pleased to announce this year’s title, “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue” by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. The book describes the simultaneous rescue missions for two oil tankers, each of which split in two during a severe winter storm off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. It is a fast-paced, thrilling read, and it comes in a young reader’s version as well as the original adult edition. A feature film based on the book was released in theaters in January 2016.

Planned by area librarians along with White Birch Books’ Laura Cummings, One Book One Valley 2016 will kick off in September after Labor Day. Participating libraries, schools, and White Birch Books will have copies of “The Finest Hours” to borrow or purchase. During the months of September through November, several participating libraries will host programs and presentations relating to themes in the book.

One Book One Valley 2016 will culminate with two valley-wide author events. The first will be on Thursday, October 27 at Kennett High School’s Loynd Auditorium when author Michael J. Tougias will talk about “The Finest Hours,” how he discovered the story, how he came to co-write the book with Casey Sherman, his research and writing, and answer audience questions. On Thursday, November 3, Conway Public Library will host a talk by Casey Sherman, who will speak about “The Finest Hours” as well as his other regional nonfiction books at Salyards Center for the Arts in Conway Village.

One Book One Valley’s participating institutions are libraries in Bartlett, Chocorua, Conway, Effingham, Freedom, Jackson, Madison, North Conway, Ossipee, Tamworth in New Hampshire, and Brownfield, Fryeburg, and Lovell in Maine, plus Kennett High School, Granite State College (Conway), and White Birch Books in North Conway. More information about One Book One valley, including past years’ sponsors and grant funders, can be found online at

Past Books:

2015: Euphoria by Lily King

2014: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Brown

2013: The Talk Funny Girl by Roland Merullo

2012: Love You More by Lisa Gardner

2011: Following Atticus by Tom Ryan

2010: Go with Me by Castle Freeman

2009: The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

2008: Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup

2007: The Old American by Ernest Hebert

2006: A Stranger in the Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher

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