WEST HARTFORD — "Outcasts United" was chosen as the inaugural book for the town's One Book, One Town program.
The book was unveiled on Nov. 7 at a community celebration at Barnes & Noble in Blue Back Square, according to a press release.
The nonfiction book, by Warren St. John, is a true story about of a group of refugees in a Southern town who are united by Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman, who starts a youth soccer team, according to the release.
"Outcasts United" comes in both an adult and a teen version. A few books that follow the book's theme have been chosen for elementary school children, according to the release.
"The nonfiction book was selected because of its timeliness of multi-cultural events that are occurring right now in the world, as well as its perfect tie-in with themes of acceptance, inclusion, diversity and being your best self, all of which are reinforced in our public schools, with our sports leagues, and at home," according to the release.
The One Book, One Town program is designed to bring the community together by initiating conversations about a common book. Special events will be held beginning in January and will culminate in April during National Library Week, according to the release.