MetroWest Readers Fest announces its second annual regional community-wide read called ONE. The title for this year’s initiative is Thank You, Mr. Nixon, a short story collection by the acclaimed writer Gish Jen. In this collection of 11 linked short stories, Jen “embarks on a fictional journey through U.S.-China relations, capturing the excitement of a world on the brink of tectonic change.” Thank You, Mr. Nixon was named the #1 Recommendation for AAPI Month by Oprah Daily, an Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Literature & Fiction, and was called “marvelous” by Claire Oshetsky in the New York Times. In addition to Thank You, Mr. Nixon, Jen is the author of eight other books and has had short stories selected for The Best American Short Stories five times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Gish Jen is currently a Visiting Professor at Harvard.
MetroWest Readers Fest is happy to partner with Wayland Free Public Library and Goodnow Library (Sudbury) to host Gish Jen at Goodnow Library in Sudbury on Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm. There will be an option to tune in virtually as well. In addition to this capstone event with Gish Jen, 24 regional libraries are participating in the initiative, with some planning book discussions and/or complementary events that address topics and themes found in Thank You, Mr. Nixon. A current schedule of all events related to ONE can be found at metrowestreadersfest.org and will be continually updated.
The goal of ONE is to build and celebrate community using one book as a unifying thread. If anyone would like to coordinate a book club or discussion group in one’s own “micro community” (i.e. town, place of worship, school), they are encouraged to reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org
MetroWest Readers Fest was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2020. Its mission is to celebrate the joy of reading, to inspire lovers of literature, and to build community by connecting authors with the people who purchase, share, and engage with their work: Readers.