Winner of the One Book, Your Vote for the OBOC 2019 title is “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.
With the public vote for the 2019 title, reading of the OBOC title will take place in January, and programs at various public libraries will begin in February, which is designated as both Library Lovers’ Month and Book Lovers’ Month. Multiple copies of the winning title will be available beginning in January 2019.
“Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann
Between 1920 and 1924 nearly two dozen people were murdered on the Osage tribal lands in Oklahoma, both tribe members and white investigators died, becoming what was known as the Osage of Reign of Terror. Why these murders occurred soon became one of J. Edgar Hoover’s first tests for his young Federal Bureau of Investigation. What was the primary reason for this bloody time? Oil under the Osage territories had made the tribe members the richest people per capita in the world, taking in nearly $400 million in today’s dollars, as well as targets for rampant greed and senseless violence. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by David Gann thoroughly explores this tragic, little known and shameful piece of modern United States history.
David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the bestselling author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes and The Lost City of Oz, which has been translated into more than twenty launguages. His stories have appeared in many anthologies of the best American writing, and he has written for The New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic.
How the Books on the Public Vote Ballot were selected
The books on the Public Vote Ballot were selected by a Book Selection Committee that reviews many books before making their final decisions. The five choices for the public vote were based upon the following broad criteria:
• A good, discussable book. Books that make successful subjects for discussion have well-developed characters who are challenged by issues in their lives with which readers can identify;
• A book that is available in quantity at reasonable cost, in various media formats (paperback, large print, audio, CD, DVD, or video);
• A book that is written at a high school reading level; and
• A book that varies in type from others previously selected;
• An author, or recognized experts on the author, who would be willing to engage in discussion with readers at several events
For more information and updates about the campaign, go to: www.oboc.org