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One Book/One Community

The 2024-2025 One Book One Community selection is Sabrina and Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine!

One Book/One Community is excited to announce our 2024-2025 selection, Sabrina and Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine.

This is a remarkable collection of short stories by an award-winning author. The book has won the 2021 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the 2020 American Book Award.  It was also a finalist in the 2019 National Book Award.  The author will be visiting campus Thursday, October 17th at 5:30pm in the Connie Gotsch Theater.  She will give a presentation and reading with some time for questions followed by a book signing in the lobby. 

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“Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado—a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite—these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force.

In “Sugar Babies,” ancestry and heritage are hidden inside the earth but tend to rise during land disputes. “Any Further West” follows a sex worker and her daughter as they leave their ancestral home in southern Colorado only to find a foreign and hostile land in California. In “Tomi,” a woman leaves prison and finds herself in a gentrified city that is a shadow of the one she remembers from her childhood. And in the title story, “Sabrina & Corina,” a Denver family falls into a cycle of violence against women, coming together only through ritual. a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritages, and the eternal send of home.”

-Penguin Random House

One Book One Community 2024-2025 One Book Selection with the book to the right

About the Author

“Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the nationally bestselling author of the novel Woman of Light and the widely acclaimed short story collection Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of an American Book Award. She is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow and the 2021 recipient of the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Fajardo-Anstine is the 2022–2024 Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University. She is from Denver, Colorado.”

- Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Mural by Kaitlin Orin and Adam Raiola, located at Nopalito’s in Boulder

SJC One Book/One Community Committee

One Book/One Community is a common reading program and a high-impact practice. It brings the college and community together through a shared learning experience. The committee is planning activities and events that feature themes related to this year’s selection. We anticipate a year of powerful and interesting programming! All of our events are free and open to the public. We encourage you to join us!

  • 2010: Montana 1948 by Larry Watson [Fiction]
  • 2011: Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs [Nonfiction]
  • 2012: Code Talker by Chester Nez and Judith Avila [Nonfiction/Memoir]
  • 2013: Yellowcake by Ann Cummins [Fiction]
  • 2014: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande [Nonfiction/Memoir]
  • 2015: The Circle by Dave Eggers [Fiction]
  • 2016: We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride [Fiction]
  • 2017: The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko [Nonfiction]
  • 2018: March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (illustrator) [Graphic Nonfiction/Memoir]
  • 2019: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor [Speculative Fiction/Africanfuturism]
  • 2020: Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo [Nonfiction/Memoir]
  • 2021: A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande [Nonfiction/Memoir]
  • 2022: Send a Runner by Edison Eskeets and Jim Kristofic [Nonfiction]
  • 2023: Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah [Fiction]

The mission of SJC One Book/One Community is to promote campus and community dialogue and literacy through curriculum and events.


One Book One Community

Phone: (505) 566-3373

4601 College Blvd.

M-F 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.