One City One Story: Boston Launches Short Story Program05:29

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The Boston Book Festival announced Thursday that Tom Perrotta's short story, "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face," is the inaugural selection for its One City One Story program. Thirty-thousand copies of the story will be available in T stations, in public libraries and on the Web.

Festival organizer Deborah Z. Porter says the selection was difficult, but Perrotta's short story resonated with the committee. "Tom has crafted a story that is at once funny and poignant, exploring the universal themes of family, parenthood, adolescence and intolerance in a fresh and absorbing way," she said.

One City One Story is inspired by the work on "One Story," a literary magazine in Brooklyn that publishes one story about every three weeks.



This program aired on August 26, 2010.