‘One Book’ turns 20! What have we learned?

This fall is the 20th anniversary of “One Book One Chicago.” CPL hosted a panel about its impact, and featuring Reading Chicago Reading project work. John Shanahan of the RCR team moderated a discussion of OBOC as data and as city-scale cultural infrastructure.

Panelists: Creators of OBOC Mary Dempsey (former Commissioner of CPL) and Amy Eshleman (Chicago’s First Lady and former CPL librarian); Kathleen Rooney (Dept. of English, DePaul University) novelist and author of Reading With Oprah: The Book Club That Changed America; and Jennifer Lizak (Coordinator of Special Projects, Cultural and Civic Engagement, CPL).

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