Interior Chinatown

In Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu's National Book Award-winning novel, written as a screenplay, Willis Wu is simply filler. As Generic Asian Man on the cop show Black and White, he plays an often wordless part, but he wants to be so much more. Soon, Willis finds his dream becoming reality. He begins to wonder about the cost of becoming Kung Fu Guy — and what role is truly right for him.

Young readers will join the conversation with youth companion titles American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang and Drawn Together written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat.

A nine-week programming season will feature dozens of free events — both virtually and in person at neighborhood libraries — including book discussions, storytimes and read-alouds, writing workshops, cooking programs, graphic novel workshops, and family and children's activities.

Our community partners contribute resources to help ensure a successful season of One Book, One Philadelphia. We are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their invaluable support of this beloved city tradition that engages thousands of readers.

The official One Book public reading period lasts from February to April 2023. Programming begins on April 20 with a kickoff celebration at the Parkway Central Library, featuring a community fair and a virtual conversation with Charles Yu.

Made possible by the following Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation donors:
  • Joseph and Marie Field
  • PECO
  • The Sylvia W. and Randle M. Kauders Foundation
Media Sponsors:
  • Clear Channel Outdoor
  • Harmelin Media
  • Keystone Outdoor Advertising
  • WHYY
  • WURD
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