One Book Thomas County

One Book Thomas County is South Georgia's first-ever One Book festival. Like so many cities and communities across the country, Thomas County is annually devoting its time and energy into reading one book together as a community. Each year, our county spends a week honoring a selected book and its author(s), conducting a variety of community events designed to get people excited about literacy. Now in its seventh year, One Book continues to bring the entire Thomas County area together with the power of the written word.

2019 Selection

This year, Thomas County will be reading the New York Times number one best-selling fiction WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING. This first work of fiction from best-selling and local author, Delia Owens. Not only has it been endorsed hundreds of times over by Reese Witherspoon, but it is optioned for a movie due out next year.


This stunning debut novel follows an unforgettable young woman, abandoned at age ten to survive alone in the wild coastal marsh of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life's lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.


Kick-Off Event – September 5th, 5.00PM

To celebrate the beginning of our one community read, join us at The Bookshelf in downtown Thomasville for an evening of wine, cheese and Southern literature with local author Sean Dietrich, best known as “Sean of the South”.

September 12th, 6.00PM

Swing into local coffee roasters dowtown shop, Grassroots Coffee, for a night of spoken word. University students and locals will be reading both original and published poems inspired by this year’s book selection.

September 16th, 6.00PM

Enjoy a screening of the Academy nominated film, Beast of the Southern Wild. A roundtable discussion of the parallels between the film and this year’s One Book to follow.

September 17th, 4.00PM

The grand opening and reception of this year’s One Book art show: Nature in My Hometown. Enjoy the work of local area students artwork inspired by this year’s One Book selection.

September 18th, Noon

Grab a bagged lunch and step into The Bookshelf in downtown Thomasville for a book discussion on Where the Crawdads Sing. Lead by bookshop owner, Annie Jones.

September 19th, 7.00PM

Hear the author herself, Delia Owens, speak on her fiction debut – Where the Crawdads Sing. Balcony tickets still available for purchase at the Thomas County Public Library and The Bookshelf. Tickets at $10.