Event: One Book, One Chicago (OBOC)

gold boy, emerald girl by Yiyun Li, depaulunderground.wordpress.com

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the One Book, One Chicago selection of short stories Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, then check out the excerpt posted in The New Yorker from the title story. Yiyun Li’s prose is spectacular, and she tells beautiful stories of people who live on the margins of life. They guard their secrets jealously, and when you’ve finished the stories, you put the book down and feel like you’ve earned the right to hear their unique perspectives and stories.

Now, if you haven’t had the chance to attend any of the events for One Book, One Chicago–you’re in luck, there’s one tomorrow morning!

Chinese Literary Forms and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
Friday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue, Room 300 (Rosati Room)

James Shea (Nebraska Wesleyan University) and Dorothy Tse Hiu Hung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) discuss classical literary forms as background to the stories in Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. Shea’s lecture, “Classical Chinese Poetry and Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl,” explores the Chinese quatrains that were popular during the Tang dynasty (618-907), and is followed by an informal poetry-writing exercise. In her lecture, “Another Kind of Beauty: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl in the Cultural Revolution,” Tse provides background to Li’s collection by investigating the characterization and plot structure found in revolutionary “model operas.”

One Book. One Chicago Neverwhere Literature Contest

Submissions: Due by Thursday, April 28
Calling all writers! Submit your speculative and fairytale-based fiction and poetry in consideration for the Neverwhere Literature Contest, judged by One Book One Chicago panelist Kate Bernheimer, author of, most recently, The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold, and editor of Fairy Tale Review.

Deadline Thursday, April 28

Email one short story and/or up to three poems in the spirit of speculative fiction and fairytales to: onebookonechicago.contests(at)gmail.com (replace “(at)” with “@” in the email address). Writers must own the rights to any work they submit for consideration.

Please include your name, title of work(s) submitted, email address, and phone number in the body of your email.

There is no entry fee.


David Welch
Coordinator of Literacy Outreach & One Book, One Chicago
Department of English
DePaul University
802 W. Belden Ave., Rm. 255
Chicago IL 60614
(773) 325-1775 (o)