One Book, One New Orleans launches a month and a half of literacy-focused events Sept. 11

The 10th annual One Book, One New Orleans event series focusing on adult literacy will launch with a kickoff party from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the PubliQ House (4528 Freret St.). The party will celebrate the beginning of this year’s “reading season,” during which the entire city is invited to read and discuss a single book—this year it’s Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, co-edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker. The party will also celebrate the fact that One Book, One New Orleans—a project of the Young Leadership Council—has been promoting adult literacy through its innovative event series for an entire decade. Food, beverages, entertainment, and bookish merrymaking will take place.

The night will be light and fun, but other events as part of the campaign will take a more serious tone—appropriate for a serious issue. The campaign, which runs through Oct. 31, seeks to facilitate dialog about adult literacy in New Orleans, where more than a quarter of the adult working-age population has substandard literacy skills. Other campaign events relate to prisoner literacy and mental and spiritual health, take place at a variety of locations, and they are all free and open to the public (see full schedule below).

Through One Book, One New Orleans, the Young Leadership Council will donate 400 copies of Unfathomable City to adult learning centers and event attendees. Room 220 hosted a launch party for Unfathomable City and featured a review of it last fall. The book is a collection of essays about New Orleans by different authors and pairs each essay with a map.

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One Book, One New Orleans 2014 Schedule

September 11
5:30 – 8 p.m.

Kickoff: Unfathomable City
PubliQ House, 4528 Freret St.

September 18
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Benefit Party: Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners
Clouet Gardens, 707 Clouet St.

September 25
6 – 8:30 p.m.

Literacy in New Orleans: A Panel Discussion
New Orleans Public Library, Main Branch, 219 Loyola Ave.

October 2
6 – 8:30 p.m.

Come Together: A Community Book Discussion
Dillard University Library Commons

October 16
6 – 8:30 p.m.

Mental and Spiritual Health: A Panel Discussion
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd.

October 23
6 – 8:30 p.m
Mapping Adult Literacy: An Art Exhibit
Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave.

October 30
6 – 9 p.m. 

Wrap Party: Unfathomable City
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, 514 Chartres St.