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Jennifer De Leon is this year’s One City One Story writer

Billy Owens
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The Boston Book Festival has chosen Jennifer De Leon’s short story “Home Movie” as its One City One Story read for 2015. The festival, which runs Oct. 23 and 24, will release print copies of the story in English and Spanish later this month. You’ll be able to find them at Boston Public Library branches, as well as select bookstores, organizations, and businesses. (Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese translations of the story will be available as free eBooks.) De Leon (inset), who is just embarking on her novelist career, joins a pack of high-profile One City One Story writers who include Tom Perrotta, Richard Russo, Anna Solomon, Rishi Reddi, and last year’s author, Jennifer Haigh. De Leon told us that her writing draws heavily from her and her family’s personal experiences. “Little has been told from the perspective of the immigrant who wants to go home,” said De Leon, the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants. “I’m so excited for people to get a glimpse into the characters; their lives, their struggle — these are real people for me.” De Leon, a Boston public school teacher, was recently named Children’s Writer-in-Residence by the Associates of the Boston Public Library for 2015-16. She hopes to use the time and resources to finish her first young adult novel, “Volar.”