Boston Book Festival

October 25, 2014

One City One Story


2014 1C1S cover Page We are pleased to announce that the 2014 One City One Story is Jennifer Haigh’s “Sublimation,“ a story that explores the intergenerational dynamics in one family as they tackle topics of gender nonconformity, emotional connection, and the existential crises that accompany aging.

We hope that you will enjoy this thought-provoking story by acclaimed author Jennifer Haigh and that it inspires reflection and dialogue within our Greater Boston communities. Please join us for our One City One Story Town Hall on the day of the festival to engage with Jennifer Haigh and to share your own ideas about the story.

We would also like to thank Dunkin’ Donuts, which has generously funded the One City One Story project for the second consecutive year, and Zipcar, whose support allows us to distribute copies of the stories throughout Boston’s neighborhoods.

About Jennifer Haigh:

haigh_jennifer_thumbnail Jennifer Haigh is an acclaimed short story writer and New York Times-bestselling novelist. Her short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Good Housekeeping, The Best American Short Stories, and numerous other publications. Haigh has also written four novels: Baker Towers, The Condition, Faith, and Mrs. Kimble, for which Haigh was awarded the 2003 PEN/Hemingway Award. Haigh’s most recent book is the short story anthology News From Heaven, which The Boston Globe calls “a vibrant, thought-provoking, profoundly readable contribution to the genre.”

About 1C1S

The mission of the Boston Book Festival is to celebrate the power of words, to promote a culture of literature and ideas, and to enhance the vibrancy of the city of Boston, and in 2010 we launched One City One Story to do just that. One City One Story is the BBF’s version of an all-city read, but instead of a book, we print and distribute a short story. Our goal is to make a short story available to all, free of charge, to spread the joy of reading for pleasure among the teens and adults of our city, and to create a community around a shared reading experience.


In 2010, One City One Story’s inaugural year, we distributed thousands of free copies of Tom Perrotta’s story, “The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face,” offered online translations and downloads, and led citywide discussions leading up to a town-hall style discussion with the author at the Boston Book Festival. The next year, we held library discussions of the 2011 selection, Richard Russo’s “The Whore’s Child,” distributed the story throughout the city, offered the story in four different languages, and held a writing contest for the public. In 2012, we held an online reading group for the first time, in addition to library discussions, and a special discussion with Anna Solomon. Additionally, we offered a printed version in Spanish for the first time and provided the story in four different languages electronically.

Previous 1C1S Selections:

2013: “Karma” by Rishi Reddi

2012: “The Lobster Mafia Story” by Anna Solomon

2011: “The Whore’s Child” by Richard Russo

2010: “The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face” by Tom Perrotta

Find the Story

Local Places and Events

Find “Sublimation” somewhere near you! We will be distributing copies at the following locations and events. Thanks to our sponsor, Dunkin' Donuts, copies will be available at select Dunkin' locations (TBD). We hope to see you soon!

Starting at the beginning of September, copies will be available at:

All branches of the Boston Public Library

*Spanish edition available at:

Central Library
East Boston
Egleston Square

Copies will also be available at many TBD neighborhood locations and events, including:

SoWa Open Market
Dewey Square Farmers' Market

Preliminary Distribution Schedule:

Times TBD

Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31
Boston Ahts Festival

Thursday, September 4
J.P. Centre/South First Thursday

Sunday, September 14
Boston Local Food Festival

Sunday, September 21
Hub on Wheels

Saturday, September 27
Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Saturday, September 27
Let’s Talk About Food Festival


Ask a question. Let us know what you think.

The Boston Book Festival
1100 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 300B
Cambridge, MA 02138

P: 617-945-9552


FB: 1C1S

T: @bostonbookfest (#1C1S)


News media requiring additional information should contact:

Ami Bennitt
Ashmont Media
T: (617) 282-2510

One City One Story Project Manager

Niki Marion

1C1S Committee

Alicia Anstead, Callie Crossley, Nicole Lamy, Henriette Power, Ladette Randolph, and Christina Thompson.


Akshay Ahuja, Elisa Birdseye, Mark Krone, Nadine Frassetto, Katie Lynn Murphy, Santiago Nocera, and Sheila Scott.