One Book, One New York Partners with 'New York' Magazine

The largest community reading program in the country, One Book, One New York, will return for a second year. This year's effort is the result of a partnership between the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and New York magazine and its culture vertical, Vulture. Other partners include the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, Barnes & Noble, and more.  

5,000 copies of the books nominated for the city-wide initiative will be available in libraries throughout the five boroughs. Throughout the month of April, New Yorkers may cast their votes at NYC.gov/OneBook to determine the one book the whole city will read together.

The nominated books, all featuring New York City neighborhoods are:

  • If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • White Tears by Hari Kunzru
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consulted literary leaders throughout the city for suggestions on which books to include in this year’s One Book, One New York. New York magazine and Vulture’s book editors helped whittle down the list to five books.

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