One Book, Everyone Reads 2021

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Save the Date! Author Event Wednesday, April 14, 7pm

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 copy of the book, 

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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.



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

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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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