One Book One Lincoln 2018

One Book-One Lincoln finalists for 2018: "Bear Town" by Fredrik Backman, "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann, and "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng.

A small town with a big dream, the weight of secrets and the pull of motherhood, and the murder of Osage natives in the early 1920s and the birth of the FBI.

Those are the stories that are told in the three books chosen as finalists for the 2018 One Book-One Lincoln community reading program.

With book-lovers filling the dock at the Mill in Lincoln's Haymarket on a Memorial Day mid-morning to hear this year's announcements, the three books chosen from a list of 130 nominated titles are:

* "Beartown," by Fredrik Backman, a novel about a small forest town and its junior ice hockey team and much more.

* "Killers of the Flower Moon," by David Grann, a non-fiction book centering on the murder of Osage natives in Oklahoma after oil was discovered beneath their land. 

* "Little Fires Everywhere," by Celeste Ng, a novel about the intertwined relationship of two families and their lives in Shaker Heights, a progressive suburb in Cleveland. 

The three finalists were chosen by a 15-member selection team of community readers in a process that began in January.

Now, it's up to Lincoln's book readers to choose the winner through their own votes that must be cast by July 31. The winning book will be announced this fall.

Votes can be cast in four ways: with paper ballots at all library locations, online at lincolnlibraries.org, on Facebook @lincoln.libraries and on Twitter @LCLibraries.

The books will be available at all Lincoln libraries in formats that include print, audio and eBooks.

Lincoln City Libraries has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue, creating the opportunity for a communitywide reading and discussion experience.

Lincoln City Libraries Director Pat Leach announced the three finalists.

Discussion sessions have been scheduled for each book:

* "Little Fires Everywhere," Bethany Branch Library, 1810 N. Cotner, July 13 at 10:30 a.m.

* "Killers of the Flower Moon," Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th St., July 22 at 2 p.m.

* "Beartown," Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St., July 29 at 2 p.m. 

The 2017 winner was "A Gentleman in Moscow," a novel by Amor Towles.

The idea of citywide reading programs began in Seattle in 1998.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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