The Santa Monica Citywide Reads Advisory Committee says the deadline for the public to suggest a book for Citywide Reads 2010 is Tuesday, June 30th.

Citywide Reads celebrates reading and conversation by encouraging all members of the community to read and discuss the same book. Book suggestions must be works of fiction that appeal to a variety of people.

Appropriate titles should challenge readers, yet be accessible and inspire discussion. Only novels available in a variety of formats such as paperback and audiobook will be considered.

Since 2003, Citywide Reads selections have included: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie; The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer; The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch; and The Shadow Catcher by Marianne Wiggins.

To suggest a book, email, complete an on-line suggestion form at, call (310) 458-8600, or visit any Santa Monica Public Library.