Since 2011, our community has been coming together around a single book. It takes the form of an annual literary celebration called One Book One Valley, and it has led us on some amazing journeys.

We welcome you to take part in this tremendous opportunity to celebrate literacy, storytelling and civic dialogue through the shared reading of a single title.

The January 2022 Book

We invite you to join us in reading The Mountains Sing by Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, chosen by Estes Valley readers as the 2022 One Book One Valley. You can watch a video greeting with the author, including her special message to Estes Valley residents.

About the novel:  The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore apart not just her beloved country, but also her family.

Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English.

The Library invites readers to check out a copy of this winning book. It’s also available for download in eBook and eAudio formats from our digital collections. All you’ll need is your Library Card. Or you can visit or call Macdonald Book Shop to purchase a personal copy. Macdonald Book Shop has been a longtime supporter of One Book One Valley, and we’re grateful for their partnership.

You can now sign up for the many special programs in January. CLICK HERE to see the full roster with event details.

Literary meets culinary … with a One Book One Valley pairing at Bird & Jim Restaurant this month. Find out more about the Bánh xèo special (Vietnamese crepes) created by Chef Thomas Newsted, who was born in Việt Nam. Show your Library Card for 10% off.

And save the date of January 29, when we’ll host an evening with author Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, a virtual presentation just for the Estes Valley.

One Book One Valley is made possible through the generous donors of the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation.