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News Wed Mar 03 2010

One Book, One -- Brooklyn?

The latest One Book, One Chicago reading selection was announced today, and the Tribune revealed early that it will be Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín, a 2009 novel about an Irish immigrant's journey to Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s.

Now, I realize that not every book in the One Book, One Chicago series has a connection to Chicago -- in fact, most of them don't. But something about reading a book about New York brings out the Second City syndrome in me. At any rate, I'm sure this will be a book may will enjoy, and quite a few will relate to.

Tóibín will be talking with Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey on April 21 about his life and work. In addition, Chicago Public Library librarians have created a resource guide and will conduct book discussions across the city at neighborhood libraries, and his spring One Book, One Chicago will also feature an online discussion forum where readers from both Chicago and Ireland will come together for a virtual book club. From March 29 through April 30, a different discussion topic will be introduced each week by a series of guest bloggers, including Chicago writer Patrick Somerville, actor Michael Patrick Thorton and Commissioner Dempsey. It's being produced in collaboration with the Cúirt International Festival of Literature at the Galway Arts Center in Ireland.

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Sharon / March 4, 2010 11:58 AM

Had really hoped for a Chicago writer or topic. I think they should check the GB book selections for a few ideas next time.

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