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Organized through the cooperative efforts of libraries, schools, and organizations in the Mount Washington Valley, One Book, One Valley is an annual community reading program that aims to strengthen community ties, promote literacy through a shared reading experience, and encourage wide-spread discussion of a common book throughout region. For 2019, the program’s 14th anniversary, conveners selected Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of An American Family by journalist Amy Ellis Nutt, which explores one family’ s experience with the transition of their son to a girl named Nicole. The organizers selected this book to initiate conversations about the transgendered people’s lived experiences and more broadly, to prompt individuals of all genders to reflect on their gender and gender identity.
During the fall of 2019, 368 people participated in the range of programs hosted by the partner libraries and organizations. These included a Gender 101 lecture, a film screening and community discussions with transgender people. The program culminated with an author talk with Amy Ellis Nutt. At the end of the series, participants expressed their appreciation for the program and how they gained a "better understanding of another slice of the human experience.”
– Mary Cronin, Project Director
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