Boston Book Festival

October 24, 2015

One City One Story


Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s 1C1S, coming towards the end of August. We’re excited to share the news with you soon!

About 1C1S

The mission of the Boston Book Festival is to celebrate the power of words, to promote a culture of literature and ideas, and to enhance the vibrancy of the city of Boston, and in 2010 we launched One City One Story to do just that. One City One Story is the BBF’s version of an all-city read, but instead of a book, we print and distribute a short story. Our goal is to make a short story available to all, free of charge, to spread the joy of reading for pleasure among the teens and adults of our city, and to create a community around a shared reading experience.


In 2010, One City One Story’s inaugural year, we distributed thousands of free copies of Tom Perrotta’s story, “The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face,” offered online translations and downloads, and led citywide discussions leading up to a town-hall style discussion with the author at the Boston Book Festival. The next year, we held library discussions of the 2011 selection, Richard Russo’s “The Whore’s Child,” distributed the story throughout the city, offered the story in four different languages, and held a writing contest for the public. In 2012, we held an online reading group for the first time, in addition to library discussions, and a special discussion with Anna Solomon. Additionally, we offered a printed version in Spanish for the first time and provided the story in four different languages electronically.

Previous 1C1S Selections:

2014: “Sublimation” by Jennifer Haigh

2013: “Karma” by Rishi Reddi

2012: “The Lobster Mafia Story” by Anna Solomon

2011: “The Whore’s Child” by Richard Russo

2010: “The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face” by Tom Perrotta

Download the Story

Downloads of the 2015 story will be available this fall. To receive a digital copy of our 2014 story, please email

Find the Story

The distribution period for 2014’s story has ended, but we still have plenty of copies available on request! To receive copies for your book group, classroom, library, or just for yourself, email


We hope 1C1S will inspire readers to participate with us again in 2015! Stay tuned for your opportunities to get involved.


Ask a question. Let us know what you think.

The Boston Book Festival
1100 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 300B
Cambridge, MA 02138

P: 617-945-9552


FB: 1C1S

T: @1city1story (#1C1S)


News media requiring additional information should contact:

Ami Bennitt
Ashmont Media
T: (617) 797-8267

One City One Story Project Manager

Niki Marion

1C1S Committee

Alicia Anstead, Callie Crossley, Nicole Lamy, Henriette Power, Ladette Randolph, and Christina Thompson.


Akshay Ahuja, Elisa Birdseye, Mark Krone, Nadine Frassetto, Katie Lynn Murphy, Santiago Nocera, and Sheila Scott.