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One Maryland, One Book
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Purple Hibiscus book cover One Maryland One Book (OMOB) brings together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book.

Meet the Author!

Monday, Sep 25
7pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Calvert High School

600 Dares Beach Rd, Prince Frederick



International best-selling author of One Maryland One Book Purple Hibiscus will be in Calvert County!

Check out her TEDTalk on The Danger of a Single Story and come meet her in person! Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Ms. Adichie will be in conversation with another international best-selling author, Nadia Hashimi so it will be a star-studded event!

Co-sponsored by Calvert Library, Calvert County Public Schools, Charles County Public Library, Southern Maryland Regional Library, St. Mary's County Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Prince George's County Memorial Library System.

We anticipate enthusiastic response to this event, therefore we are requesting registration in case we need to plan for overflow seating. Seating will be first-come, first-served. Please register.

Pre-order Books

If you order by September 14, you can pick up your book at the event on September 25. Mahogany Books is offering a book bundle deal for those that purchase ahead.

Book Description

Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world.

Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home-a home that is silent and suffocating.

As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father's authority. Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins' laughter rings throughout the house.

When they return home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.

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One Maryland, One Book Events

OMOB #DoSomethingCalCo SERIES

Finding your voice through civic engagement. Dr. Seuss as the Lorax said, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Professional facilitator Sue Kullen will teach a four-part series to practice the skills of getting organized and involved in issues that affect your community.

Bring a friend and your passion and engage! Sponsored by Maryland Humanities.

Thursdays: Sep 7 & 28 | Oct 5 & 26
6:30pm, Calvert Library Prince Frederick


September 7

  • Who are you and why are you here?
  • Capture of community issues of interest
  • Selection of personal issue to work on
  • Identify personal gifts
  • Discussion of effective meetings
  • Researching the topic
  • Homework: 
    • research your issue...think of potential partners, possible costs, what other communities have done, what obstacles you might encounter, possible solutions
    • Take personality assessment
    • Explore twitter and post somehing with #DoSomethingCalCo!
    • Suggested reading:  Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (see above for book links) and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (available as a summary on Hoopla) or How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

September 28

October 5

October 26

  • Presentations and Celebrate Success!
  • Lessons learned
  • Next steps



Tue, Sep 19
7pm, Calvert Library Prince Frederick

Tue, Oct 2
7pm, Southern Branch

Mon, Oct 16
7pm, Twin Beaches Branch

Wed, Oct 18
2pm, Fairview Branch

Thu, Oct 19

10:30am Asbury, Solomons



Join author and editor Elisavietta Ritchie as she encourages the art of creative memoir writing. Bring 12 double-spaced copies of your piece of memoir, 500-800 words, to work on and share with the group. Writing to be inspired by the themes in the One Maryland, One Book title Purple Hibiscus written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Wed, Sep 13, 2pm, Creative Memoirs

Wed, Oct 11, 2pm, Creative Memoirs


More information on the One Maryland One Book program from Maryland Humanities