Award-winning author Pip Williams is headed north for this year’s One Title One Townsville with her new novel The Bookbinder of Jericho.

One Title One Townsville is a book club the whole community is invited to, with copies of this year’s novel The Bookbinder of Jericho available to read through Townsville CityLibraries online or in person.

Australian author Pip Williams released one of the country’s most successful novels in 2020 with The Dictionary of Lost Words and is following the story further with her new book The Bookbinder of Jericho.

“This is a book about knowledge, about who gets to make it, who gets to access it, and what is lost when it is withheld,” Ms Williams said in a trailer for her new book, released by publisher Affirm Press.

“I have been overwhelmed by the response to The Dictionary of Lost Words and I can’t wait to bring readers back to Oxford and to Peggy’s world of books with this new story.”

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said this year’s One Title One Townsville was a treat for anyone who devoured The Dictionary of Lost Words.

“I know there are going to be many excited readers who will be thrilled to not only get to read Pip Williams’ new book alongside the rest of the city, but to also have the opportunity to attend the author’s presentation, book signing and Q & A session this June,” Cr Greaney said.

“One Title One Townsville is a chance for the whole of Townsville to come together and bond over a great piece of writing. Council is proud to run this event, helping to improve the community’s participation in a range of artistic and cultural activities.

“Getting involved in One Title One Townsville is easy. Just head to your local library or check out one of Townsville’s local bookshops to grab your copy of The Bookbinder of Jericho, read it between now and June, and then head along to the In Conversation with Pip Williams event on Wednesday June 14.

Cr Greaney said Townsville CityLibraries was more than just a place to borrow books – it was a place for communities to connect.

“We know that libraries are hubs for communities, providing a safe place for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with each other and to access resources for free. When we combine traditional library resources like books with events like One Title One Townsville, we are able to provide a more meaningful way for communities to come together and experience all of the facets of our libraries,” she said.

“Last year’s One Title One Townsville book was The Cane by Maryrose Cuskelly, and it ended up being our most-borrowed item in CityLibraries’ physical collection in 2022. It was one of more than 600,000 loans throughout the year, which just goes to show how popular libraries are.”

For more information about One Title One Townsville, head to Council’s website.