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Mayor Plugs Novel Idea to Boost Reading

Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Mayor Plugs Novel Idea to Boost Reading

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CHICAGO is bidding to become the world's biggest book club after the city urged its denizens to all read the same novel -- Harper Lee's 1961 classic To Kill A Mockingbird -- at the same time.

Are You Reading Mockingbird? ask posters promoting the event, which aims to create a culture of reading in the internet age.

"Everybody keeps talking about education, education, education," Chicago mayor Richard Daley says. "I keep getting back to the basic foundation: reading is the essence. of a good education."

Chicago is not the first place in the US to set up a city-wide book club, but, with a population of almost 3 million, it is the largest.

Local officials hope tens of thousands of people will read Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning story of bigotry in the US south. Chicago is one of the US's most ethnically diverse cities.

"There's a strong message there, not just for the city but for the country and the world -- a message about racial or religious or ethnic or class prejudice," Mr Daley says,

"But first of all, this project is about reading, about literacy and how important it is in the modern age. …

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