One Book Northland

One Book 2020 Events Cancelled

Due to the indefinite closure of Duluth Public Library and in line with the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial Committee's postponement of many of the 2020 Day of Remembrance events, the One Book Northland Committee has regretfully decided to cancel all One Book Northland related events. 

One Book Northland Coordinator, Renee Zurn, says she hopes all of the events that had been scheduled for this year's One Book event can be rescheduled for next year to coincide with CJMM's postponement of the commemoration, and choose a One Book title with themes that relate to Just Mercy and the CJMM Event.


The 2020 area-wide reading project:

2020 One Book Northland Event Guide




Chosen Title Announcement & Information



One Book Northland Announces 2020 Book Choice:
Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

DULUTH, MN - 2020 marks the 19th year the One Book project has brought Northland communities together to celebrate reading. The One Book Northland committee is pleased to announce their partnership with the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial and the selection of New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson as the 2020 One Book Northland title.

Bryan Stevenson is a best-selling author, lawyer, and the Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. He has dedicated his life to ensure justice for those targeted by injustice, racism, violence, and inequality.
In 2020, the Duluth Public Library, along with the Cloquet Public Library, Superior Public Library, Two Harbors Public Library, Barnes & Noble, Bookstore at Fitger’s, the Alworth Center for Peace and Justice at the College of St. Scholastica, UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library and Zenith Bookstore will host events leading up to the CJMM's Day of Remembrance.

The One Book Northland author event will feature Author Michael Fedo and a discussion related to his book, The Lynchings in Duluth, on April 20 at Fitger’s.

On June 15, 2020, the Day of Remembrance, the entire community is invited to the intersection of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial and in the surrounding streets for Keynote Speaker and Just Mercy author, Bryan Stevenson. All are invited to welcome him to our community, honor the three men, and acknowledge our history.

Look for a complete program guide this spring at any of these locations: Duluth Public Library, Cloquet Public Library, Superior Public Library, Two Harbors Public Library, UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library, Bookstore at Fitger’s, Barnes & Noble, and Zenith Bookstore.

The One Book Northland committee includes representatives from the community, Duluth Public Library, Cloquet Public Library, Superior Public Library, Two Harbors Public Library, Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, University of Minnesota Duluth, the College of St. Scholastica, North Save the Kids, Barnes & Noble, Bookstore at Fitger’s, and Zenith Bookstore.

About Just Mercy: Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinkmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Previous One Book Northland titles

2019 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
2018 The Wind and the Drum by Katharine Johnson
2017 Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm - From Scratch by Lucie Amundsen
2016: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown 
2015: The Dance Boots by Linda LeGarde Grover 
2014: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
2013: Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland 
2012: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2011: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
2010: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
2009 Population 485 by Michael Perry
2008: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
2007: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
2006: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2005: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2004: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
2003: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
2002: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee