One Book, One Community

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One Book, One Community is an idea brought forth by the Heart of Hutch’s Connect Wholeheartedly Committee. A community book read is an opportunity to connect with your family, friends, co-workers, and community around a shared topic. Avid readers know the feeling of wanting to share their current book with just about everyone they talk to.  Imagine that experience on a larger scale as a community – being able to connect with those you know and those you don’t know over the same book!

ufs_book-imageThe book selected for Hutchinson’s 2017 One Book, One Community event is Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown. 

“It was a fire so vast that its tendrils licked the faces of people who sought refuge in lakes, so fast that it overcame people who tried to flee on trains, and so hot that it created plasma clouds that draped themselves like jellyfish over the roofs of the little town before the houses burst into flames.”

— From “Under a Flaming Sky,” by Daniel James Brown

Heart of Hutch and One Book, One Community partners would like to invite all community members to participate in this community book read between the months of January and April 2017. It will be up to you on what level you want to connect with others about it. You can view past books we have read as a community here

Pickup your copy at Cashwise, The Village Shop, Target or borrow from the Hutchinson Public Library (book club kits are also available).

Read more in the Hutchinson Leader.


Register as a participant now.

Why register? Heart of Hutch and One Book, One Community partners would like to know how many people are engaging in this community book read. Registered participants will also be provided with event updates and reminders, special topics related to the book, referral to book clubs and area resources as requested by participant, etc. Registration is not required to participate in online discussions or events.

Step 2: READ

Read Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown between Jan-April.



Free and open to the public, monthly events will expand your reading experience and connect you with others in our community.  Join us for one or all!


Community Book Discussion
Date and time: Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00pm
Location: McLeod County Historical Society & Museum

The Hinckley Firestorm: Could It Happen Today?
Speakers: Wade Mapes, MN DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist; Mike Schumann, Hutchinson Fire Chief
Date and time: Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00pm
Location: Hutchinson Fire Hall

The Hinckley Fire Museum Presents
Speaker: Carl Jerdin, Hinckley Fire Museum Volunteer
Date and time: Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:00pm
Location: Hutchinson Event Center

Share your reading experience with others. 

Take a look at past books we have read.

The following organizations, as well as local area book clubs, are collaborating to bring you this Heart of Hutch Activity:

McLeod County Historical Society Hutchinson Public Schools Hutchinson Public Library Logo
Heart of Hutch

Heart of Hutch