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One Book One San Diego 2019: Home

This guide includes information on Ryan Library's programming around the One Book One San Diego book of the year, in addition to resources for further study related to the book's themes.

One Book One San Diego in Partnership with Ryan Library

This year's One Book One San Diego title is The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, winner of the Stonewall Book Award, and shortlisted for the National Book Award.

For a free copy of the book to keep, contact librarian Robin Lang or Voices of Love.

Book Summary: In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

One Book One San Diego 2019 Launch Event with Author Rebecca Makkai

Ryan Library is proud to partner with One Book One San Diego and Voices of Love.

Author Rebecca Makkai and Terry Cunningham spoke at the One Book launch event, Thursday, September 19th, at the Balboa Theatre.










(The Great Believers author, Rebecca Makkai)










(Terry Cunningham)









(Librarian Robin D. Lang)

About One Book One San Diego

One Book, One San Diego is our region's premier literary program, presented in partnership between KPBS and over 80 public libraries, service organizations, universities, and other educational institutions. Now in its 13th year, the purpose is to bring our community closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

For a calendar of events, visit

Ryan Library is participating in One Book One San Diego by partnering with Voices of Love and KPBS.

Online and Local Resources for the LGBTQIA+ Community

Books Available through Ryan Library: eBooks and Print Books

Affirming Churches in San Diego

This list compiled by Voices of Love includes churches in San Diego that fully affirm members of the LGBTQIA+ community. A fully affirming church allows and celebrates LGBTQIA+ church participation in all ways.

Danny's Story: A Play: Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 7pm

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Show starts at 7:00pm

at the Lyceum Theatre

Click on flyer below for more information.

Trauma Studies and Christian Theology

Dr. Shelley Rambo gave the 2018 Wiley Lectures at PLNU on the topic of faith and trauma. Dr. Rambo's work furthers trauma studies within the framework of Christian Theology. Read her recent article "How Christian theology and practice are being shaped by trauma studies" (1 Nov. 2019).

For more information about the 2018 Wiley Lectures and for links to videos of the lectures, visit