Lifestyle Chirlane McCray launches Gracie Mansion book club First lady Chirlane McCray lights the Empire State Building In HeForShe Magenta For International Women's Day at the Empire State Building on March 8, 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated April 11, 2016 7:00 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email The city’s first lady will be opening up her home to the city’s bibliophiles to discuss books related to the New York immigrant experience. The Gracie Book Club will officially kick off May 17 and feature selections chosen by Chirlane McCray and New York authors James Hannaham, Jacqueline Woodson and A.M. Homes. Over the next year the moderators and members will discuss six books centered around the theme of “Envisioning Distant Neighbors,” and the New York’s immigrant culture. “We wanted to invite people in and... use the house as a tool for conversation on issues and shared experiences. ” said Gabrielle Fialkoff a senior adviser to the mayor. McCray and Hannaham chose the first book on the reading list, “Bright Lines,” by Tanwi Nandini Islam, which is a fictional story about a Bangladeshi family who move to Brooklyn. Islam, who lives in Williamsburg, said she hopes readers gain insight from the community. “In New York we are always rubbing against people but we never know who they are,” she said. New Yorkers of all ages can apply for tickets for the book club’s meeting at nyc.gov/graciebookclub. Readers who can’t make it to the mansion can still participate through a livestream and interactive elements on social media platforms, according to the mayor’s office. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.