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One Book, One Chicago

One Book, One Chicago launched in fall 2001 as an opportunity to engage and enlighten Chicago residents and to foster a sense of community through reading. After more than a decade of celebrating a culture of reading with two book selections annually and related month-long programming, in 2013 One Book, One Chicago began an exciting expansion. CPL and its community partners now offer a yearlong season of learning and engagement focusing not just on one book but on one theme integral to the lives of all Chicagoans.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver is the 2016-17 One Book, One Chicago selection. From October 2016 through April 2017, programs offered across the city, including on DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, will highlight Animal, Vegetable, Miracle as well as the season's overall theme—Eat Think Grow.

DePaul University is proud to be a part of this circle of experience that connects neighbor to neighbor across the city. DePaul holds the distinction of being the only institution of higher learning in the Chicago area committed to a full partnership with the city on its One Book, One Chicago program. Through this partnership, DePaul opens its campus to welcome citizens of all ages and backgrounds to discuss the One Book at free special events. In addition, an annual course at DePaul is dedicated to the study of the One Book, One Chicago selection.

In conjunction with the Chicago Public Library and in partnership with the city’s One Book, One Chicago reading initiative, DePaul University’s Department of English is proud to offer an annual course exploring the academic achievement of the One Book, One Chicago text. In Fall 2016 this course is ENG 378: Creative Writing & Social Engagement.

For more information about the current One Book, One Chicago program including a full list of programs, please refer to the Chicago Public Library's One Book, One Chicago website.

Requests for additional information or questions about DePaul's OBOC program should be directed to David Welch.