October 26, 2012
The Free Library’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” 2013 Selection Announced; The Program To Return January 17
“One Book, One Philadelphia,” a project developed by the Mayor’s Office and the Free Library with the help of hundreds of community sponsors, is now in its 11th year of organizing events to promote literacy and an active community built around a single book.
The winter reading season includes a slew of activities to supplement the discussion on the featured selection including lectures, discussions, films, workshops, exhibitions, performances and even the reading of two companion books to help reach out to Philadelphians of all ages.
The Buddha in the Attic, Winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction, tells the sometimes inspiring, sometimes extremely sad stories of Japanese mail-order brides who came to California in the early 1900s. Otsuka provides a personal look at the journey these woman endured in their travels, the experiences anticipating the beginning of their new lives, the kinds of lives they led once they arrived and what it was like to raise their children in a foreign land under those circumstances.
Young teens and high school-age readers might prefer to read the companion Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida and young children will enjoy A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai.
Check back online for more information moving forward on supplemental reading and film lists, and be sure to like “One Book, One Philadelphia” on Facebook for udpates on other related events they’ll be hosting around the city.
“One Book, One Philadelphia”
When: January 17-March 13, 2013
Where: headquartered at Free Library Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street
More info: www.freelibrary.org