Join us as we celebrate the launch of One Book, One Village and our 2015 selected title, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez.
Join us at Arlington Heights biggest block party! Visit our booth for a chance to win a free copy of the book.
Date and time: Friday, August 7, 5–8 p.m.
Location: Downtown Arlington Heights, Vail Ave. and Campbell Street
Library Launch Party
The celebration continues. Drop in and learn about exciting ways to participate in this community-wide initiative. Learn about the Our Stories exhibit, upcoming programs and numerous ways you can participate and share your story.
Date and time: Saturday, August 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE VILLAGE
The selection for the 2015 One Book, One Village community read is The Book of Unknown Americans
by Chicago author Cristina Henríquez. Copies are available
for check out at the library, senior center and on the bookmobile. Book Groups can reserve
a set of books for discussion. Programs and events related to One Book, One Village will kick off in August culminating with a visit by the author on Thursday, November 12 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Watch for full details in the September/October newsletter.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The Book of Unknown Americans follows the story of two families – the Riveras and Toros – and their lives struggles, challenges, joys, and tragedy as recent immigrants to the United States. Each family has come to America for different reasons but ultimately to provide a better life for their children. Interwoven into the novel are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Central and Latin America, providing an authentic voice to the characters’ individual stories. The novel explores the definition of what it means to be American and brings to life the sacrifices and challenges immigrants face along this journey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cristina Henríquez, a Chicago author, grew up half-American, half-Panamanian, and speaks about identity and addresses common narratives about immigration. She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently teaches at Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker
and The Wall Street Journal
, and she has been a guest on NPR. The Book of Unknown Americans is her third book. Learn more about Cristina at cristinahenriquez.com