City-Sized Book Clubs and the Role of Literature

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It's become a clich- that September 11 was the kind of event to restore civic unity to a nation that's drifting apart. But the new urge for community might just fade away unless someone comes up with a gimmick. So what about getting everybody to read the same book? It's a small-town idea that started out in Seattle. Now, even Chicago, New York and LA are promoting a shared experience for people with nothing in common. Can the growing effort to get whole cities to read the same book unify a divided nation? We hear from advocates, skeptics, the creator of the nation's first citywide 'book club and author Ray Bradbury.
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Committee to Protect Journalists

Bowling Alone

Farenheit 451

The Saguaro Seminar

The Sweet Hereafter

Washington Center for the Book

Writing New York, A Literary Anthology

Olympic Aid

2002 Olympic Winter Games



Warren Olney