Kick-Off Event

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. | An online kickoff celebration | Watch a recording on YouTube.

Please join us for a virtual kickoff celebration for the book on Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with keynote speaker Sandy Grande. Grande is Professor of Education and Director of the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity at Connecticut College.  Her areas of specialization are Native American/Indigenous Education and Critical Indigenous Theory. Her landmark book Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought was recently published in a 10th anniversary edition.


Author Event

Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. | One Book, One Region and Connecticut College present an evening with Joy Harjo. Registration for the virtual (online) event is required (Click here to register). 

This virtual community event is a collaboration between One Book One Region of Eastern Connecticut (now in its 18th year) and Connecticut College. This is the fifth year that Connecticut College has partnered with this initiative to bring community members and the college community together to discuss ideas, broaden appreciation of reading and break down barriers between people.

Book Discussions

Looking for a Book Discussion? Check out your local library! Please note that not all libraries will be able to participate this year due to COVID 19. Select book discussions are listed below:

Thursday, July 23, at 6:30pmWaterford Public Library — Book discussion facilitated by Lynne Rogers, professor of english at UConn. Click this link to register for the Zoom meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Multiple copies of Crazy Brave are available in the library for check out.

Tuesday, September 8, from 6:30–7:30pm — Groton Public Library — Book discussion facilitated by Laurie Wolfley, Professor of English at UConn Avery Point. Visit the Groton Public Library calendar of events here for contact information and to register.

Wednesday, September 9, at 7pmOtis Library — Join the Otis Library Changing Minds Book Club for a virtual discussion of the One Book One Region 2020 selection Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo.  Please register for the discussion by e-mailing, or you may register on the Otis Library website calendar at

Thursday, September 10, at 6:30pm — Gales Ferry Library — Book discussion via Zoom facilitated by Librarian Elaine Steele. Copies of Crazy Brave are available at both library branches. Share your thoughts and hear what others have to say. No registration necessary; the Zoom link will be posted on our events page (Click here).

Poetry Walks

Monday, September 7 through November 2 | Read poetry by One Book One Region 2020 author Joy Harjo while walking nature paths at Connecticut College, Ledyard Public Library, Mohegan Park, and UConn Avery Point. Each poetry walk has different poems, so be sure to visit them all! Poetry walks will run from Sept. 7 – Nov. 2, conditions permitting. (Click here for social media graphics you can use to promote the poetry walks.)

Please call each host before visiting to ensure that the walk is open on the day of your desired visit:

Connecticut College Native Plant Collection, located at approximately 830 Williams Street, New London. Plenty of parking is available on Williams Street across from Connecticut College Harkness Chapel, (860) 439-5020. (Public access to Connecticut College through the main entrance at 270 Mohegan Avenue is currently restricted.)   

Connecticut College Caroline Black Garden, is located across the street from the main entrance to Connecticut College. Parking is available at 4 Winchester Road, New London which just east of Route 32/Mohegan Avenue; best accessed by taking the road to the College Athletic Center and an immediate right onto Winchester Road. Take a right at the first driveway, which leads to the Vinal Cottage parking lot, (860) 439-5020. (Public access to Connecticut College through the main entrance at 270 Mohegan Avenue is currently restricted.)   

Ledyard Public Library, 718 Colonel Ledyard Hwy, Ledyard, CT 06339, (860) 464-9912.

Mohegan Park, Mohegan Park Rd., Norwich, CT 06360, Host Otis Library (860) 889-2365.

UConn Avery Point, Branford House Quadrangle. Proceed straight on campus entrance road and take your second left, Branford House is on the right. Visitor parking is available as noted on campus signage near Branford House and along Sculpture Path. Additional information about campus parking (Click here). Hosts Groton Public Library (860) 441-6750 and UConn Avery Point.

Other Programming

One Book One Region invites you to participate in our community memoir project, A Life in One Line. Residents of New London County are invited to submit a one sentence memoir to be compiled in a self-published book entitled A Life in One Line.

Using this link, please submit your one sentence memoir. Additional information about the book will be provided as we get closer to publication at the end of the summer. Looking for inspiration? Read the 2020 One Book One Region selection, Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo.