Department of English

What is 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.

In the pilot year of this expanded program, from April 2013 through March 2014, every Chicagoan has the opportunity to explore the theme of how migration has shaped Chicago, inspired by Isabel Wilkerson's award-winning book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. Through books, films, performances, lectures, storytelling and art, with programs offered in every neighborhood across the city, the program spans a months-long season, and the book is just the beginning.

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.

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 the course.

For more information about the current One Book, One Chicago program including a full list of programs through Spring 2014, please refer to the Chicago Public Library's One Book, One Chicago website.