One City, One Book Events

In case you don’t know, Steve Lopez’s The Soloist, the story of a homeless, African American man of prodigious musical talent but beset by schizophrenia, is Greensboro Public Library’s One City, One Book choice this year.

The library kicked off its One City, One Book events on Wednesday, and there are plenty more to come: 

You’ve Read the Book, Now See the Movie

We will be showing “The Soloist,” starring Robert Downey, Jr and Jamie Foxx, Thursday, Sept 23 at 2:30 at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch (1420 Price Park Rd). 

“Homeless in America”

See this award-winning documentary on Friday night at 7 PM at the Central Library. Made in 2004 in Los Angeles, “Homeless in America” is a short (30 minutes) documentary about the homeless and those who help them, including the LAPD, Los Angeles Mission, and others. Presents a variety of points of view from those who are directly involved. All the interviews are spontaneous and unrehearsed on location. (219 N. Church St)

Pre-Teen Book Club Reads “Darnell Rock Reporting”

On Thursday (Sept 23) at 4 PM, pre-teen youth (ages 8-12) will discuss “Darnell Rock Reporting,” a novel by Walter Dean Myers about a teen who joins the staff of the school newspaper. After he has a chance encounter with a homeless man, he tries to help him out by writing a story about him (sound familiar?). The discussion will take place at the new McGirt-Horton Branch Library (2509 Phillips Ave.) 

Eternal High

On Saturday at 3 pm, see “Eternal High,” a movie about a 16-year-old boy who documents, over the course of a year,  his experience with depression and suicidal urges. Hemphill Branch Library (2301 W. Vandalia Road).

Touring Theater Presents an Adaptation of “The Soloist” at Triad Stage

The play doesn’t open until October 12, but it is not too early to order your tickets. It runs October 12-17. All performances are at 8 pm except for a Sunday matinée at 2 pm. Tuesday, Oct. 12 is Pay-what-you-can.”  All other performances are $7.50. Call (336) 272-0160 to reserve your seat today.

“Outsider Artist” Presley Ward Featured in Sunday’s News & Record

N&R writer Jeri Rowe features local artist Presley Ward, aka “The Stick Man.”  Mr. Ward shares his experiences as an artist who has frequently experienced homelessness.

Facilitators Trained and Ready

Over the past two weeks, we have trained about 40 people in book discussion facilitation techniques. They are now ready to lead discussions of The Soloist. The training, designed and led by Whitney Vanderwerff, was well-received by all who participated. If your group needs a facilitator, contact Beth Sheffield at 

Thanks to Our Sponsors

About a dozen nonprofit organizations helped plan and implement the 2010 One City, One Book and dozens of other volunteers have already gotten involved in the project. Without all of them, the project would not be possible. Also, we would like to thank the sponsors that have provided financial support: Cemala Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, GTCC, WUNC radio, News & Record, Friends of the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro Public Library Foundation.

For more information, please contact:   

Steve Summerford, Asst. Director, Greensboro Public Library, City of Greensboro, Phone:  336-373-3636, PO Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136