Thank you to everyone who attended our Evening with Charles Yu event on April 14. If you missed the event, we invite you to view a recording. 

One Book, Everyone Reads 2021

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Join us this spring as we explore and discuss this year's One Book, Everyone Reads, selection Interior Chinatown. We invite you to pick up a copyIC_Zoom_image.png of the book, take part in our supplemental programs and discussions, and join us to meet author Charles Yu on April 14.

Reserve a copy of Interior Chinatown >>

Signature Author Event Wednesday, April 14, 7pm Register >>

One Book, Everyone Reads is Wilmette Public Library's annual community reading event. We invite you to read this year's pick, then join us for engaging programming and discussions to help deepen your understanding of the book and its themes. Visit our website, sign up for emails, and follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with this year's One Book events. All events will be virtual and take place over Zoom. Registration is required, and events are open to all.

If you plan on purchasing the book, please consider supporting our local independent bookstore, The Book Stall. Signed bookplate included with each copy while supplies last. Purchase your copy here. 



Featured One Book Events

Join us for these events exploring the themes in Interior Chinatown. All events are virtual and held over Zoom. Programs are free and open to all, though registration is required for a Zoom link.

Beginning Steps to Finding Your Chinese Ancestors Saturday, March 13, 1pmOBER_quote_WaPo.png

The Untold Story Behind Mahjong Thursday, March 18, 2pm

Anti-Asian Racism, Xenophobia, and COVID-19 Wednesday, March 24, 7pm

Kids! Mandarin-English Bilingual Storytime Saturday, March 27, 10:30am

Mandarin Conversation Cafe Friday, April 2, 2pm

Interior Chinatown Book Discussion Wednesday, April 7, 7pm

Images of Chinese-American Life in the Movies Thursday, April 8, 7pm

Classics & Contemporary Book Discussion: Interior Chinatown Tuesday, April 13, 10:30am

At Home Film Series: Forever Chinatown Tuesday, April 13, 7pm

Signature Event: An Evening with Author Charles Yu Wednesday, April 14, 7pm 

Interior Chinatown Book Discussion Thursday, April 22, 7pm



About Interior Chinatown interior_c_cover.jpg

ABOUT THE BOOK Interior Chinatown tells the story of Willis Wu, an Asian American actor, who is perpetually cast as Generic Asian man, but who aspires to play the role of Kung Fu guy, the most respected role that anyone of Asian descent can attain. Written in the form of a screenplay, Wu and the others in his world move seamlessly between their everyday lives in and around Chinatown and their characters’ lives inside the story line of Black and White, a cop show that is in constant production. Utilizing satire and humor, the book is a unique and inventive narrative that takes a lens to race, immigration, stereotypes, pop culture, Hollywood, and the roles that people are forced to play in the modern world.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR Charles Yu is the author of four books, including his latest, Interior Chinatown. He has received the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” award and has been nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards for his work on the HBO series Westworld. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a number of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, Time and Ploughshares.

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Reading Lists

Our librarians have put together these reading lists to help explore themes and ideas from Interior Chinatown, including books about the Chinese American experience for young readers. 

Adult Reading List | Chinese American Books for Young Readers


Audiobook Exerpt |Daily Show Interview with Charles YuReading Guide | National Book Award Acceptance Speech


Booklist (Starred Review) | Kirkus Reviews | LA Review of Books | New York Times Book Review | San Francisco Chronicle | Washington Post


One Book Everyone Reads is funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library. 


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