Latest One Book, One Chicago title unveiled

March 11, 2009 2:39:48 PM PDT
Mayor Daley announced the newest title in the Chicago Public Library's One Book, One Chicago series Wednesday morning. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is the most recent addition to the program, which began in 2001 to encourage Chicagoans to read one book at the same time. It names two books a year in hopes it will bring this diverse city together around one great book to promote reading and discussion.

The program also offers several events, including readings, poetry workshops and book discussions. Cisneros will visit the library in April for a question-and-answer session. For information on the upcoming events, Chicago Public Library's web site has a Resource Guide for The House on Mango Street.

Since its inception, One Book, One Chicago has selected 16 books.

List of the past books

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Fall 2001),
  • Night by Elie Wiesel (Spring 2002),
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather (Fall 2002),
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (Spring 2003),
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (Fall 2003),
  • The Coast of Chicago by Stuart Dybek (Spring 2004),
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Fall 2004),
  • The Ox- Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark (Spring 2005),
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Fall 2005),
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Spring 2006),
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Fall 2006),
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (Spring 2007) and
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Fall 2007).
  • The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (Spring 2008).
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (Fall 2008).
  • For more information on the books, and the downloadable resource guides, visit the Chicago Public Library website,

    For more information on the program and to find a library near you, visit