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Boca Grande has erupted into a cultural mecca over the past few years. There has emerged a potpourri of life experiences, activities, opportunities and choices on our island paradise; it’s enough to make one’s head spin. Life, art, music, literature, theater, health, sports ... it’s all covered in this season’s activities. It is difficult to find the time to just “hang out” on the beach. Among the many possibilities, there is only one whose purpose is to include the entire island community. That would be the One Big Grande Boca Book Club, better known as OBGBBC. This program was created from “One City, One Book,” a generic name for a community reading program that attempts to get everyone in a city to read and discuss the same book. The first program in 1998 was started by Nancy Pearl of the Seattle Public Library. The first book chosen was “The Sweet Hereafter” by Russell Banks. By 2007 there were 404 “One City, One Book” Submitted by Deb Nash, Literature Forum Chair of the One Big Grande Boca Book Club programs listed in the Library of Congress. The basic goal of the programs is typically to focus on building a sense of community. Frequently these programs involved more than reading the same book; they included activities related to the book’s topic and engaged various community constituencies. Each city, of course, had its own style and variables. Three years ago a small group of Boca Grande residents representing the Boca Grande Community Center, the Royal Palm Players, the Fust Library Foundation and the Literature Forum


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