Posted October 13th 2010 at 3:03 pm by
in Boston

One City One Story & the Boston Book Festival

This Saturday all of Boston is invited to a city-wide book club meeting to discuss The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face at 2:30 p.m. at the Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury Street. Mayor Tom Menino and story author Tom Perrotta will lead the discussion.

When you download the story, you’ll find this introduction to the One City On Story project:

We are delighted to introduce One City One Story, a project to encourage people in and around Boston to read the same short story and create community around the shared reading experience.

Our goal is to make a piece of short fiction available to as many people as possible, free of charge. By distributing 30,000 copies of The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face by Boston’s own Tom Perrotta, and providing downloads from our website, including translations as well as an audio download, we hope to ignite discussions – real and virtual – that reveal the many perspectives existing in our city.

We hope you will read and enjoy The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face, pass it along to friends and family, and join the discussion at local meet-ups, library events, and our website. Visit or call 617-761-4400 for a listing of discussion locations and times.

Join us at the Boston Book Festival on October 16th to meet Tom Perrotta and take part in a Town Hall discussion of the story.

As urban planners, we can’t help but have a crush on this festival here in our hometown.  We send our thanks and appreciation to the organizers, authors, donors, and participants.  You can read more about how the event is building community on the event blog.

Saturday is stacked with wonderful events. You can find the full calendar here.  The project organizers were kind enough to point us to two events that might be especially interesting to the community development / urban planning crowd.  They are: Architecture: Writing on the Walls and The Tendencies of Technology.

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