Young August is full of promise and hope when her fragmented family moves from the American South to Brooklyn, New York. While nurtured by friendships with three other neighborhood girls, August comes of age, faces challenges, and chases her dreams. Set in a 1970s transitioning urban landscape, Another Brooklyn is described as "beautifully lyrical" by The Guardian and "powerfully insightful" by The New York Times. The novel has been praised by The Washington Post as one that "mixes wonder and grief so poignantly. Woodson manages to remember what cannot be documented, to suggest what cannot be said. Another Brooklyn is another name for poetry."
One Book, One Philadelphia offers lectures, discussions, films, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and children's activities that illuminate themes within the featured selection. Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn, with companion books Brown Girl Dreaming and This Is the Rope, brings together rich and varied themes of urban communities and changing neighborhoods, the Great Migration and the tumult of the post-Vietnam War and Civil Rights era, the value of friendships, the beauty of memory and multigenerational stories, among many others.
Hundreds of community partners develop programs and contribute resources to help ensure a successful year of One Book, One Philadelphia. We are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their tremendous support.
One Book, One Philadelphia is a beloved city tradition that engages thousands. The program starts on January 17, 2018 with our Kickoff Event featuring author Jacqueline Woodson, at 7:30 p.m. in Parkway Central Library. Join us in celebrating our 16th year!
Download our 2018 Calendar of Events.