The 2015 Book - The Rosie Project

Last Updated: Tuesday, 08 September 2015



This year's Big Read book is The Rosie Project, an international bestselling romantic comedy by Graeme Simsion. It's the story of Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who decides it's time to find a wife and settle down. He approaches the task in the same orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things. He dubs his quest "The Wife Project" and designs a 16-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman who will meet all his requirements. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for, but just might be his perfect match.

A sequel, The Rosie Effect, was published in 2014, and a film adaptation is in the works.

"Sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud." – San Francisco Chronicle


"Funny, touching, and hard to put down, The Rosie Project is certain to entertain even as readers delve into deep themes. For a book about a logic-based quest for love, it has a lot of heart. . . . [an] immensely enjoyable novel." – Booklist (starred review)


Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of 50, to turn his hand to fiction. The Rosie Project was his first novel, published in 2013. Translation rights have been sold in over 35 languages. A sequel, The Rosie Effect, was published in 2014. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children.

Graeme Simsion Answers Your Questions

A Chat with Graeme Simsion

Community members who’ve enjoyed this year’s Big Read selection “The Rosie Project” will have an opportunity to meet the author this weekend as the month-long community effort draws to a close.

If you haven’t read the book yet, it’s not too late to get involved. The book’s a fast read, so you still have time to finish it before the final event.

Novelist Graeme Simsion will join the fun on Saturday, April 25, at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center... Read more at

Video of the Skype with Graeme Simsion on April 25th

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, author Graeme Simsion joined us via Skype for our Big Read Finale. This is our Q&A conversation with Simsion, who so graciously chatted with us from New Zealand where it was something like 5:30 a.m. The Big Read is an annual community reading event in the Dayton, Ohio area. This year's Big Read book was Simsion's The Rosie Project. The moderator is Sharon Kelly Roth from Books & Co. The event was held at Sinclair Community College's Ponitz Center. A big thank you to our sponsors, partners and to everyone who participated, making this a wonderful Big Read!