Led by Seattle in the late 1990s, a number of cities around the U.S. have since embraced the “One City, One Book” program, which encourages an entire metropolis to read the same book at the same time.
At a Wednesday night forum for the St. Pete City Council candidates, the moderator asked a few of the candidates what book they would choose if St. Pete participated in One City, One Book. This was an unconventional question that no doubt had minds racing on the dais the moment after it was asked.
District 8 candidate Alex Duensing was the first person on the hot seat.
"Wow," he said, as he contemplated a title and author that he enjoyed that would also be politically correct (this was a political debate, after all). He ended up choosing the collected works of the bard, William Shakespeare. "He shows a lot of the drama of warring parties, how reason can often prevail," he said.