The Boston Book Festival would like to thank Anna Solomon and Ladette Randolph for a fantastic session on October 27, 2012. Anna Solomon's "The Lobster Mafia Story" sparked great discussions at the 1C1S session.
We are currently in the process of looking over submissions for this year's story. An announcement of the selected story will be made in early summer.
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.
The Story and Its Author
We are currently looking through submissions for this year's story. The 2013 story and author will be announced in early summer.
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. Our selection for 2011 was Richard Russo's "The Whore's Child." We held library discussions, distributed the story throughout the city, offered the story in four different languages, and held a writing contest for the public. The 2012 selection was Anna Solomon's "The Lobster Mafia Story." We held an online reading group for the first time, in addition to library discussions, and a special discussion with the author. We offered a printed verstion in Spanish for the first time, as well as offering the story in four different languages electronically. We also held a writing contest.
Previous 1C1S Selections:
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
Interested readers will be able to download 2013's story in various formats and several languages when distribution begins in late summer.
Finding a copy of the story is easy! Interested readers will be able to find a copy of 2013's story at all Boston Public Library branches as well as many other locations when distribution begins. Check back here in late summer for more information on where the story can be found.
In 2012, 1C1S inspired many local discussions, an online "reading circle" through beingmeta, a special discussion with the author, Anna Solomon, along with the discussion at the Festival itself. We hope 1C1S will inspire readers to participate with us again this year!
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Callie Crossley, Henriette Lazaridis Power, Nicole Lamy, Ladette Randolph, and Christina Thompson.
Henriette Power, Callie Crossley, Nicole Lamy, Christina Thompson, Ladette Randolph, Betty Southwick, Mark Krone, Akshay Ahuja, Elisa Birdseye, Kate Brown, Sheila Scott, Katie Lynn Murphy, Santiago Nocera, and Christine Schonhart.