Book Cover - Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work

The One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Committee has chosen Edwidge Danticat's Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work for its 2012 selection. The Haitian American writer and MacArthur Genius Grant winner's collection of essays takes its name from Albert Camus's last published lecture in which he stated, "To create today is to create dangerously." The book illustrates the struggle of making art in exile—and what it's like to exist in a country constantly in conflict, where even the act of reading means taking a stand against oppression.

One Book, One Philadelphia is a joint project of the Mayor's Office and the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes reading, literacy, library use, and community building by motivating tens of thousands of people to read an annual featured selection. Marking the tenth consecutive year for One Book, the 2012 program runs from January 25 to March 17, 2012.

In order to provide a complete reading experience for Philadelphians of all ages, One Book will also feature the teen companion book A Taste of Salt by Frances Temple, as well as Running the Road to ABC by Denizé Lauture for young children.

Hundreds of community partners have contributed resources and will be developing programs to facilitate the success of One Book, One Philadelphia. We thank our sponsors and partners for their tremendous support!

Download our 2012 Calendar of Events and Resource Guide.

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