Mayor Hickenlooper Launches One Book, One Denver

Mayor Hickenlooper Launches One Book, One Denver


Monday, March 1, 2004

Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
Pauline Herrera

Mayor Hickenlooper Launches One Book, One Denver

Read. Share. Discover. Peace Like a River.

Mayor John Hickenlooper and the Mayor’s Office of Art, Culture and Film officially launched Denver’s first annual citywide book initiative, One Book, One Denver, on Monday at Denver’s Central Library with the announcement that Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (or Un Río de Paz) is the 2004 One Book, One Denver selection.

One Book, One Denver aims to promote a culture of reading and discussion in Denver by bringing our diverse city together around one great book during the months of March and April through a series of community-wide events. All Denverites are encouraged to participate in this exciting new citywide project to promote community, reading, and to spark provocative discussion throughout the city.

“Denverites know that reading great literature provokes us to think about ourselves, our relationships, and our community in ways that can expand our perspectives on life and the world around us,” Mayor Hickenlooper said. “We're hoping to enlarge the local circle of readers and build a stronger sense of connectivity by providing a shared citywide experience and opportunities for community dialogue.”

As One Book, One Denver’s “Mile High” sponsor, HealthONE purchased a “mile” of books - 5,280 copies to be divided between the Denver Public Library and Denver Public Schools high schools.

Copies of Peace Like a River, resource guides to assist discussion leaders, bookmarks, and flyers are all available in both English and Spanish at all 23 Denver Public Library locations and many local bookstores, including Tattered Cover and Cultural Legacy. The book is also available at the Denver Public Library on audio tapes; the resource guide is also available online at

“Whether you head to your neighborhood library branch or a local bookstore, we encourage all Denverites to read Peace Like a River and discuss it with friends, co-workers, and neighbors,” said Denise Montgomery, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Art, Culture and Film. “This project has never been attempted in Denver, but with the community’s full participation, we can make it a great success.”

Special scheduled events for One Book, One Denver include a lecture by Peace Like a River author Leif Enger; a screening of one of the films that inspired the author; a lecture by former Denver Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, currently CEO and President of the Association of American Publishers; a lecture by Colorado historian Tom Noel entitled “Peaceful Rivers;” dramatic readings through Stories on Stage; book discussions at the Denver Public Library, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Cultural Legacy Bookstore and Starbucks; a Western art exhibit at the Denver Public Library, workshops, and more! Please visit for a complete listing of One Book, One Denver events.

As for the selection process that led to Peace Like a River, the Mayor’s Office of Art, Culture and Film sought book suggestions from the public, the education and literary community, and from One Book, One Denver’s project partners. The criteria established required that the book be a fictional work, available in both paperback and Spanish, that provokes discussion, is accessible and engaging for both high school readers and adults, and has a living author who is willing to participate in a wide range of local community activities. Project partners presented suggestions to the Mayor, who ultimately made the final book selection.

“We, as a city, are facing many great challenges - challenges that will require important decisions to shape our future.” Mayor Hickenlooper said. “We can’t make those decisions unless we come together as a community. That is what One Book, One Denver seeks to do: To not only promote a culture of reading - but to provide shared experiences and shared opportunities that strengthen our sense of community.”

One Book, One Denver is a collaborative effort between the City and County of Denver, the Mayor’s Office of Art, Culture and Film, the Denver Public Library and the following community sponsors and partners:

“Mile High” Gold Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:
The Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News

Spanish-Language Books Sponsor:
American Family Insurance

Media Sponsors:
KUSA 9News
5280 Magazine
KISS 95.7 FM
850 KOA
La Voz Nueva
The Bloomsbury Review

Additional Sponsors:
Starbucks Coffee Company
Regional Transportation District (RTD)
Kroenke Sports Enterprises
Downtown Denver Partnership
Tattered Cover Book Store
Cultural Legacy Booksellers

Colorado Center for the Book
Colorado Endowment for the Humanities
Community College of Denver
Denver Film Society
Denver Public Schools
El Centro Su Teatro
Friends Foundation of the Denver Public Library
Metropolitan State College of Denver English Department
Regis University Department of Communication
Starz FilmCenter
Stories on Stage
The Cable Center Theatre
University of Colorado-Denver
University of Denver

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Posted on Mar 01, 2004 (Archive on Mar 31, 2004)
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