One Book One Philadelpha 2023 kicks off on April 20 at 6:00 p.m. with an in-person community fair at Parkway Central Library! In the lobby and the terrace, there will be activities and information from groups like Asian Americans United, Asian Arts Initiative, and Fishadelphia, a lion dance by the Philadelphia Suns, and food samples by vendors from Southeast Asian Market. Following the fair, join us at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium for a conversation between "Interior Chinatown" author Charles Yu, tuning in remotely, and Manager of Civic Engagement and Programs Terence Washington. Book Harvest, OBOP 2023 Official Bookseller, will be on site with copies of this year's selections for sale.
Click here to register for the in-person event.
Click here to register to join the 7:30 conversation remotely as a webinar.
Charles Yu is the author of four books, including Interior Chinatown (the winner of the 2020 National Book Award for fiction), and the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year). He received the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications. Together with TaiwaneseAmerican.org, he established the Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Writing Prizes, in honor of his parents.
Terence Washington is the Manager of Civic Engagement and Programs for the Free Library of Philadelphia. After leaving the Air Force, he got a master’s in art history at Williams College before working as an arts administrator, curator, and educator. He has done full-time and freelance work with the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the NXTHVN residency, the Readying the Museum initiative, DC Arts Center, The Phillips Collection, Mass MoCA, and elsewhere. He thinks everyone should read Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom.