I'd been looking forward to finding out the One Book, One Chicago fall selection, especially after @1book1chicago has been playing a guessing game on their Twitter feed and Facebook page. They chose The Adventures of Augie March, and I was a little bit bummed because I've already read it. I really like participating in 1B1C. There's something comforting about knowing you're reading the same book as a lot of other people. In a city this big, a giant book club makes us all feel less like strangers because of a common, shared experience.
Augie March is a big book, in many ways, and this is the 10th anniversary of the program. So the Chicago Public Library is going all out with a huge line-up of programs and events, which I was thrilled to read about because I'll be able to do plenty of participating, after all. There will be a reading of the first chapter at Millennium Park. (Who doesn't love to be read to?) Twitter madness, of course (10 pages a day). And a flash fiction contest, which is definitely cheeky considering Bellow's writing amplitude.
Chicago is a city where great literature is not only created but also appreciated.