About One Book/One New Paltz

A Shared Reading Experience
Gerald Benjamin founded the One Book/One New Paltz project in 2005 as a way to build community among the university and the New Paltz community by sharing a reading experience. The goals of One Book/One New Paltz are to promote reading and to build and celebrate community. One Book/One New Paltz  cultivates collaboration between community members and New Paltz educators to promote these goals.  We welcome participation in the One Book event by people from varied backgrounds - from   high school students to elders in our community.  

One Book/One New Paltz selections:



Of Note


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Inaugural OB event


The Dewbreaker by Edwidge Danticat

Also the Common Summer Read for first year SUNY New Paltz students


Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Participant in the National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read”


Sleeping Arrangements by Laura Shaine Cunningham

Local author


Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

In honor of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the river


Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Remembering the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina


War Dances by Sherman Alexie

Also the Common Summer Read for first year SUNY New Paltz students


The Submission by Amy Waldman

Author Waldman was the SUNY New Paltz Distinguished Speaker


Home by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is the last American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature   

 2014     Nemesis by Philip Roth 
 2015     Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison by Piper Kerman 


Funding for One Book/One New Paltz comes, in part, from the New Paltz Community Foundation, http://www.newpaltzfoundation.org/