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One Maryland One Book

"The Island of Sea Women" book poster cover

What if we all read the same book at the same time to discuss it? In that spirit, Maryland Humanities created One Maryland One Book (OMOB) to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book, including here at Salisbury University.

This year’s book, The Island of Sea Women by New York Times-bestselling author Lisa See, chronicles 50 years in the lives and friendship between Young-sook and Mi-ja, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju. This beautifully written and thoughtful novel shines a light on the remarkable haenyeo culture of female divers and the cultural history of Korea./

The SU Fulton School of Liberal Arts is distributing free copies of the book and co-hosting several events.

  • Delmarva Public Media’s Harold Wilson interviews Salisbury University’s Dr. Michael McCarty, assistant professor of history, on Friday, September 25, at 9:30 a.m. on WSDL about East Asian history as it relates to the One Maryland One Book, The Island of Sea Women, set in Korea from the 1930s-1980s. Listen on your radio at 90.7 FM or online here.
  • 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See visited virtually to discuss her book "The Island of Sea Women." Watch the recorded event on YouTube.
  • On SU Giving Day, Tuesday, September 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., look for the Fulton Giving Table at the Fulton Hall fountain (rain location is in Fulton Hall by the University Gallery) to get your free copy of the OMOB, The Island of Sea Women, and Fulton swag, while supplies last.
  • Dr. Kara French, Salisbury University associate professor of history, discusses “Female Husbands and Walking Marriages: Gender Roles in a Global Perspective,” from the OMOB, The Island of Sea Women, Friday, November 6, at 2 p.m. Online event registration here.
  • The closing discussion of the OMOB, The Island of Sea Women, is Tuesday, November 17, 3:30-5 p.m., hosted by the Salisbury University Fulton School of Liberal Arts. Online event registration here.
  • For a full list of all One Maryland One Book events, visit Maryland Humanities here.