The Neighborhood Association Council of Wauwatosa has announced the title for the fourth annual Tosa's All-City Read.

The organization has selected 'A Man Called Ove' by Swedish author Fredrik Backman based on suggestions from book clubs, local individuals, a panel of literature teachers, librarians and experts, according to a news release.

The annual event aims to have everyone in Wauwatosa 'on the same page' and increase participation in neighborhood associations. The majority of All-City read events will take place in February 2017 with possible activities like book discussions, guest speakers, a writing contest, cultural events and a return of the popular Battle of the Bartenders competition.

Previous selections included 'Rocket Boys' by Homer H. Hickam, 'Orphan Train' by Christina Baker Kline and 'Peace Like a River' by Leif Enger.

The next selection was first published in Sweden in 2012 and became a No. 1 bestseller there, according to the release. In the book, a character named Ove is a curmudgeon with staunch principles, strict routines and a short fuse. Behind the cranky exterior is a story and sadness. The novel demonstrates how an unexpected friendship with new neighbors can change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to its foundation — themes that are likely to resonate with Wauwatosa readers, according to the release.

In conjunction with the adult novel, the Tosa's All-City Read committee will suggest a number of children's books with similar themes to 'A Man Called Ove,' so that families may read together and enjoy book discussions at home, according to the release.

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