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 sixth year, One Book continues to bring the entire Thomas County area together with the power of the written word.

2018 Selection

This year, Thomas County will be reading the New York Times best-selling historical fiction WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES. This debut novel from writer, Georgia Hunter, tells the story of her grandfather’s family story in Poland during and after the Holocaust.


It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.


September 20th 2018 | 5.00PM

To celebrate this year’s selection, join us at The Bookshelf the annual wine and cheese event, on Thursday, September 20, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Local author, Yocheved Artzi, will be expound on the topic of family seperation and rediscover during the Holocaust.

September 27th 2018 | 6.00PM

October 1st 2018 | 6.00PM

October 2nd 2018 | 4.00PM

October 3rd 2018 | 12.00PM

October 4th 2018 | 7.00PM

Tickets for the author event are $10 and are available for purchase online or in-person at the Thomasville Public Library or downtown at The Bookshelf starting September 20th .

For more information, check out: One Book Thomas County