Baylor to host One Book, One Waco authors

March 2, 2008

By: Lloyd Franklin

Still haven't checked out One Book, One Waco? Well now is your chance.

One Book, One Waco will feature the authors of Same Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall and Denver Moore, today in the grand finale of its event series. The Unity in the Community Author Presentation will be at 7 p.m. in Waco Hall and is open to the public.

Bryan Fonville

"Ron and Denver have an amazingly powerful testimony," said External Vice President Bryan Fonville. "Even if members of the Baylor family haven't read the book, they won't be disappointed by the inspirational and moving words of the book's authors."

City officials, Baylor administrators, and community leaders are expected to be in attendance as the program welcomes the authors to Waco.

"The community has really been buzzing about this event, and we're expecting a large turnout," said Fonville.

Monday's events also feature an essay contest reception where winners of the One Book, One Waco essay contest will be awarded.

According to Allan Marshall, director of community development for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, nearly 50 students from across the city entered this year's contest.

"We were really pleased with the level of involvement, and we had some excellent essays. It was difficult to pick a winner," said Marshall.

Essay contest winners were selected based on content, understanding of the One Book, One Waco mission, grammar and presentation.

Monday marks the culmination of the program's first book selection in nearly three years.

"It's been a great ride, and it's somewhat bittersweet to see the series of events come to an end," said Fonville. "Even though the official events have concluded, we'd still encourage anyone and everyone to read Same Kind of Different As Me and to hold their own book discussion."

But, as with any ending, there comes a new beginning.

According to Fonville, the program will now turn its attention towards a summer book, Marley and Me, by John Grogan.

Published in 2005, Marley and Me is the story of a mischievous Labrador and his owners. The book has slowly gained popularity and is set to become a movie in December of 2008.

"Marley and Me has several companion books that will allow us to target children of all ages," said Marshall. "It's a great story and will allow us to develop some creative and out-of-the-box ideas."

"We're really excited about the summer book, but we're still hoping as many people as possible will join us this evening for tonight's author presentation," said Fonville. "For those who have read the book, tonight's presentation will reinforce their understandings. And for those unfamiliar with One Book, One Waco, tonight will show them the impact one book can have on the lives around us."

For more information on the communitywide reading program, visit