“Relativity,” a short story by Somerville author (and Emerson professor) Daphne Kalotay, has been chosen to be the centerpiece of this year’s One City One Story, the annual citywide reading event organized by the Boston Book Festival.
Beginning Sept. 6, the story, which has not been previously published, will be available for free — in both English and Spanish — at all Boston Public Library branches and dozens of other places around Boston. Kalotay will talk about her work — “Relativity” concerns a social worker who provides end-of-life care to Holocaust survivors — at the One City One Story session at the Boston Book Festival Oct 28.
“Initiatives such as Boston Book Festival’s One City One Story also bring the literary arts to our residents where they live, work, and play,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. “Encountering short fiction at farmers’ markets, coffee shops, festivals, City offices, and transit stations reminds Boston readers of the centrality of great literature to the life of our city and encourages us all to engage not only with a great story, but also with each other.”
Previous One City One Story selections include “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link, “Home Movie” by Jennifer De Leon, “Sublimation” by Jennifer Haigh, “Karma” by Rishi Reddi, “The Lobster Mafia Story” by Anna Solomon, “The Whore’s Child” by Richard Russo, and “The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face” by Tom Perrotta.