One Book, One Chicago Spring 2012
City of Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel,
presented by the Chicago Public Library,
the Chicago Public Library Foundation and
As mayor, and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I encourage you to take part in the Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago program this spring. Join all of Chicago in reading Yiyun Li’s remarkable short story collection Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and attending programs and discussions throughout April.
For more than a decade One Book, One Chicago has engaged and challenged readers in Chicago with more than 20 memorable book selections. Twice a year, this program creates a community of readers by presenting lectures, author appearances, performances and discussions. Chicagoans from every neighborhood and of all ages are brought together to immerse themselves in a great work of literature.
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl includes nine expertly written short stories set in modern China. Through Yiyun Li’s unforgettable characters, we learn about a country and a people who are not so different from us. Li’s stories—whether about a young girl navigating life in the army or a group of widows who start a private investigation agency—offer a rich and varied portrait of China, and will resonate with Chicago’s readers. Discussions and events take place throughout April, including a conversation with Yiyun Li and Chicago author Achy Obejas at the Harold Washington Library Center on April 19.
Visit your library and check out a copy of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, take part in a discussion or attend any number of programs or performances. To learn more, inquire at your local library or visit the website.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel