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One Book One New Orleans needs your help choosing the book that will be the focus of our citywide reading and literacy initiatives in 2021. Join the 455 people who have voted on one of our final three choices. Right now, the tally is as follows:

City of a Million Dreams by Jason Berry–247 votes
The Yellow House by Sarah Broom–110 votes
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin–98 votes
The community vote will be one of the main factors that our selection committee considers. Voting will close at 11:59pm on July 21.

If you’re not a social media user, you can use this survey to cast your vote.

Both forms of online voting are completely anonymous. We look forward to hearing from you!


BOOKS CONNECT US: Wes Moore and Christopher Jackson in conversation

Wes Moore is the CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the largest antipoverty organizations in the country. His latest book FIVE DAYS is an illuminating portrait of Baltimore in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. This account of five days in the life of a city on the edge is told through eight characters on the front lines of the uprising that overtook Baltimore and riveted the world. LISTEN HERE.


Old news; still good

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Health at Home


Ideas X Action

Before Then



Many Minor Feelings


That’s a wrap

National Book Award Finalist, Kali Fajardo-Anstine

A Magical Gift. A Devastating Loss. An Underground War.

describe it— then dismantle it

Sangre de Cristo Mountains

My son, Z, was obsessed with Michael Jackson

Victory Matsui + Maurice Carlos Ruffin eat beignets


Baby’s first full year

End of November

Chris Jackson on Ta-Nehisi’s notion of finding allies in struggle

cool totes

“I Will Take you Gladly” — Nicole Counts + Fatimah Asghar

More Than A Hashtag — “If They Come for Us” in Chi-Town

Self-Care — a moment of stillness

Joyful Revolt

On Montgomery, Alabama