Boston Book Festival

October 15, 2016

One City One Story


1C1S Cover Page 2015

We’re thrilled to announce that Jennifer De Leon’s “Home Movie” is the 2015 One City One Story selection! This story, focusing on a Guatemalan wife and husband living in Boston with their children, explores themes of immigration, home, and memory.

About the author
Jennifer De Leon is an author, an educator at the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain, and an instructor at GrubStreet. De Leon is the editor of the International Latino Book Award–winning Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2012. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Fourth Genre, Ms., and numerous other publications. De Leon, who was born in Jamaica Plain, earned her MFA in fiction from UMass Boston. She is currently working on a novel.

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, hosted by Alicia Anstead, editor in chief of The Writer magazine. 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

Find the Story

The following locations and events constitute a non-exhaustive list. Please keep checking this page for updates on where to find your copy of “Home Movie”!

Local Places and Events

Find “Home Movie” somewhere near you! We will be distributing copies at the following locations and events, and many more to come! Thanks to our sponsor, Dunkin' Donuts, copies will be available at select Dunkin' locations.

Starting the week of August 31st, copies will be available at:
All branch locations of the Boston Public Library
Brookline Booksmith
Grolier Poetry Book Shop
Harvard Book Store
New England Mobile Book Fair
Newtonville Books
Porter Square Books
Trident Booksellers
Wellesley Books

Spanish copies will be available at the following BPL branch locations:
Connolly branch
East Boston branch
Egleston Square branch
Copley Square Main branch

The story can be found at the following university libraries:
Beatley Library at Simmons College
Cardinal Cushing Library at Emmanuel College
Healey Library at UMass Boston
Iwasaki Library at Emerson College
Mildred F. Sawyer Library at Suffolk University Boston
Roxbury Community College Library
Sherill Library at Lesley University
Spaulding Library at the New England Conservatory of Music
Wentworth Institute of Technology Alumni Library
Wheelock College Library
William Morris Hunt Memorial Library at the Museum of Fine Arts

Copies are available in the offices of the following state legislators at the MA State House
William Brownsberger, Room 504
Sonia Chang-Diaz, Room 111
Gloria Fox, Room 167
Louis Kafka, Room 185
David Linsky, Room 146
Jason Lewis, Room 511B
Adrian Madaro, Room 544
Joseph McGonagle, Room 134
Byron Rushing, Room 234
Bruce Tarr, Room 308

One City One Story is also available at all Boston Police Department stations.

Copies also available at the following neighborhood locations:

Back Bay
Dunkin' Donuts, 430 Stuart Street
Dunkin' Donuts, 153 Mass Ave
Trident Booksellers and Cafe

Brookline Booksmith
All three branches of the Brookline Public Library

Cambridge Public Library-Main
Cambridge Public Library-Boudreau
Cambridge Public Library-Central
Cambridge Public Library-Valente
Grolier Poetry
Harvard Book Store

Big Sister
Boston Area Health Education Center
Boston Public Market
Dunkin' Donuts, 80 Boylston Street
Dunkin' Donuts, 16 Kneeland Street
Dunkin' Donuts, 8 Park Plaza
Dunkin' Donuts, 630 Washington Street
Healthy Baby/Healthy Child
More Than Words

Framingham State University’s Henry Whittemore Library
Office of Representative Chris Walsh at 9 Vernon Street

Jamaica Plain
Bukhara Indian Bistro
Caffe Nero
Canto 6 Bakery & Cafe
Dunkin Donuts, 757 Centre Street
Dunkin Donuts, 684 Centre Street
Fiore’s Bakery
JP House of Pizza
JP Licks
JP Papercuts
UForge Gallery
Wonder Spice Cafe

Lasell College’s Brennan Library
Newton Free Library

826 Boston

South End
Rosie’s Place
UMASS-Boston Creative Writing MFA Offices

Wellesley Free Library
Massachusetts Bay Community College Library

Outside the City
Acton Memorial Library
Arlington’s Robbins Library and Fox Library
Belmont Public Library
Chelsea City Public Library
Cohasset’s Paul Pratt Memorial Library
Everett’s Parlin and Shute Memorial Libraries
Hingham Public Library
Holliston Public Library
Lexington’s Cary Memorial Library
Maynard Public Library
Medfield Library
Medway Public Library
Natick’s Bacon Free Library
North Andover’s Stevens Memorial Library
Norwood’s Morrill Library
Quincy’s Thomas Crane Public Library
Sherborn Public Library
Stow’s Randall Library
Waltham Public Library
Winchester Public Library

Distribution Schedule:

Come join us to get your copy of “Home Movie” in English or Spanish at the Mil Milagros table at the Latino Family Festival on August 31, 2015! Jennifer De Leon will be in attendance handing out copies of the story!

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Cambridge Carnival (12-2pm)

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Out of the Park (3-5pm)

Friday, September 18, 2015
BU Fall Arts Fair (11am-1pm)

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Boston Local Food Festival

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Revels Riversing (5-7:30pm)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Jennifer De Leon will be reading from her book Wise Latinas at the Framingham Public Library, and copies of “Home Movie” will be available at the event! (7pm)

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Berklee’s Beantown Jazz Festival

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Associates of the BPL Writer-in-Residence Reception (6pm)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Reading and Discussion with Jennifer De Leon at YWCA Boston

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Teach for America presents a book talk and reception with Jennifer De Leon at the Harvard Coop (7pm)

Stay tuned for more events and locations for this story in both languages.


We hope 1C1S will inspire readers to participate with us again this year!

Local Discussions

Discussions are scheduled at the following libraries:
BPL-West Roxbury Friday, September 25, 2015 at 11am
BPL-Honan-Allston Monday, October 5, 2015 and Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:30am BPL-Charlestown Monday, October 19, 2015 at 3pm
Boston Ethical Community Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 10:30am (Meeting room at Longy School of Music, Room N-1, 33 Garden Street, Cambridge)
Holliston Public Library Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11am
BPL-South Boston Monday, November 2, 2015 at 6pm
BPL-Brighton Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11:15am

Please check back in for updates regarding discussions in the greater Boston community.

Discussion Questions

1./ The story begins, “It was winter. It was night” (p. 1). How do the season and the time of day influence our first impressions of the story? How does the style of these two opening sentences—simple, matter-of-fact, even clinical—affect our expectations for the rest of the story?
2./ What do you think “home” means to Linda? To Eduardo? To their children, Karla, Eric, Lucy? (Consider p. 1, 3, 6, 10-11).
3./ Do you think that Linda and Eduardo, and Karla, Eric, and Lucy, feel connected to their Guatemalan culture? Where in the story do we see the most mentions of Guatemala?
4./ There are a lot of American products named throughout the story. Why do you think the author includes them?
5./ Do you think Eduardo’s plan to leave is spontaneous? Consider: “If Linda knew he was preparing to leave, she’d find a way to disrupt his plan, convince him to stay—again” (p. 8).
6./ Who do you think Richard is? (p. 14) Consider the name’s European origin. How do names serve as an indicator of culture in this story?
7./ Where do you see pieces of Eduardo’s guilt, if at all?
8./ Why do you think Eduardo leaves? Where do we see glimpses of his dissatisfaction in the text? Where do we see Linda’s?
9./ Why do you think Eduardo leaves his wife and children behind? Why does he not try to convince Linda to move back to Guatemala with him?
10./ In the final paragraph, we see a variety of objects traditionally associated with comfort: soft slippers, a puffy cloud, the heat and white noise of the radiator. Do you think these things offer Linda comfort after Eduardo’s departure?
11./ How do you imagine the next morning transpires when Linda wakes up? How do you think their father’s departure will affect Karla, Eric, and Lucy? Can you imagine how Linda and her children’s story might continue one year into the future? Five years? Ten?

Writing Prompt

Write a short story (500-700 words) describing what “home” means to you.

Please submit your stories to We will accept submissions up until October 24th, the day of the festival. The winning story will receive a bag of BBF 2015 memorabilia, including a copy of “Home Movie” signed by the author, Jennifer De Leon.

Additional Readings

Access Latino immigrant community resources, learn more about the Latino immigrant experience, and explore local responses to growing Latino immigrant populations: Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians
El Mundo Boston
Centro Latino
La Alianza Hispana
Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee
The Welcome Project, a Somerville-based organization
Boston Globe article on the impact of growing Latino populations in Massachusetts
A report on Guatemalan, Salvadoran, Hounduran, and Columbian immigrants to the Boston area conducted by UMass Public Policy professors and Ph.D. candidates in conjunction with Centro Presente

For fun and because trying to get to Logan Airport is stressful enough without a family crisis in the car, a 2009 insider’s guide to getting to Logan


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News media requiring additional information should contact:

Ami Bennitt
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One City One Story Project Manager

Niki Marion

1C1S Committee

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


Elisa Birdseye, Mark Krone, Nadine Frassetto, Katie Murphy, Santiago Nocera, Sheila Scott, and Jennifer Sulc.

One City One Story Translators

Spanish: Teresa Dovalpage
Mandarin: Jennie Chu
Portuguese: Thais Malon-Geoghegan
Russian: Adel Faitaninho