One Book, One Chicago

"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," by Isabel Wilkerson, right, is the Chicago Public Library's latest selection for "One Book, One Chicago." (Handout/Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Public Library's latest selection for "One Book, One Chicago" charts the history of African-Americans who moved to Chicago and other cities after leaving their homes in the Jim Crow South.

"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," by Isabel Wilkerson, follows the lives of two men and a woman who represent the 6 million black Americans who moved north in the decades between World War I and the 1970s, many of whom settled on Chicago's South Side.

"Isabel Wilkerson's book brings to life the stories of African-Americans who left their homes in the South in search of a better life," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a news release announcing the selection. "These are the stories of people who helped create the Chicago we know today — and of people continuing to come to our city each day in hopes of finding their dream."

Wilkerson is slated to appear at the Harold Washington Library Center in October to read a portion of her book. It is the 24th to be chosen for the city-wide reading program, which began in 2001 with Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

mwalberg@tribune.com