What if everyone in Wauwatosa read the same book at the same time? That’s the idea behind Tosa’s All-City Read, a common reading program designed to bring neighbors together and build a sense of camaraderie and community while promoting literacy at all ages. We hope you’ll join in the fun!
“The city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.” – Mary McGrory
A Man Called Ove
Meet Ove (OOH-vah). He’s a curmudgeon who has staunch principles, strict routines and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
Fredrik Backman is The New York Times bestselling author of the novels A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry and Britt-Marie Was Here. His books are published around the world in more than 35 languages. An avid blogger, he lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.
Read our email interview with Fredrik Backman. We gathered and submitted your questions and he provided some very interesting answers!
Email Interview with Fredrik Backman (pdf)
How to Participate
Copies of our Tosa’s All-City Read selection are available at the Tosa Library, in Little Free Libraries around town, and for sale at Little Read Book and other bookstores. Once you’ve read the book, there are lots of ways to participate:
- Join or start a book discussion in your neighborhood association.
- Attend one of our public book discussions listed on our Events Page.
- Take part in our fun events and activities. Come by yourself or bring your friends and neighbors.