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


    Funding for One Book/One New Paltz comes, in part, from the New Paltz Community Foundation,