Cristina Henríquez selected for Everybody Reads 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. — September 15, 2015 — In January 2016, Multnomah County Library will launch Everybody Reads 2016, the library’s 14th annual community reading project, with Cristina Henríquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans.

The novel explores the experiences of characters who have immigrated to the United States from a number of Latin American nations through differing first-person perspectives. Set against the backdrop of a cinder block apartment complex in Delaware, The Book of Unknown Americans highlights the barriers and challenges its residents face as they pursue different versions of the American Dream.

The Book of Unknown Americans has received numerous accolades, chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2014, Daily Beast Novel of the Year, one of Washington Post’s top 50 fiction books and an NPR Great Read. Henriquez’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous distinguished publications.

Henriquez is also the author of The World In Half (a novel) and Come Together and Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Chicago.

How to participate

Through a shared reading experience, we will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding.


Extra copies of the books will be available in January 2016 at all neighborhood libraries, and e-books will be downloadable from the library catalog, thanks to the generous support of The Library Foundation. Readers are encouraged to share extra copies with friends, coworkers and neighbors.


Beginning in February 2016, share your thoughts at a book discussion at your neighborhood library or bookstore.


Attend a cultural program. Dates will be announced soon.

Be inspired.

Henriquez will speak on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are available from Literary Arts.

Everybody Reads 2016, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts. Programming support also made possible in part by Oregon Cultural Trust, Pamplin Media Group, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland State University and Portland Community College.