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One Book, One Chicago has expanded— now join others across the region for a full year of conversation.
The newest One Book, One Chicago selection, Isabel Wilkerson's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration, takes its title from Richard Wrights' Black Boy, in which Wright describes his migration to Chicago and his hope that while he could not create his best life in the South, he could in Chicago.
Help us explore Chicago's history as a gateway for such hopeful migrants from the 20th century to today with a community conversation that starts with Wright's words about seeking "the warmth of other suns" and asks if those who sought out Chicago during the Great Migration found what they were looking for. Are those migrants' grandchildren living better lives? Is Chicago the better place sought by so many? And do immigrants to Chicago today have the same hopes for our city and are they finding it here?
Join us for a facilitated discussion from 6-7pm on Tuesday, April 9 at the WBEZ West Side Bureau, Wednesday, April 17 at the WBEZ South Side Bureau, or Monday, April 22 at the WBEZ North Side Bureau.
For a full year, One Book, One Chicago explores a great theme through books, films, performances, lectures, story-telling and art. Through March 2014, Chicago Public Library and its community partners look at how migration has shaped – and continues to shape – Chicago, and the conversation starts with Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. The book is just the beginning. For a list of events, visit onebookonechicago.org.
Support for Chicago Public Media's Community Bureaus is provided in part by Polk Brothers Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.