Join the Sioux City Public Library for Sioux City Reads, a community-based reading initiative where Sioux Cityans are involved every step of the way – from book selection to attending programming and book discussions together.

The 2024 Sioux City Reads book nominee The Brightest Star by Gail Tsukiyama, is a magnificent historical novel based on the life of the groundbreaking actress Anna May Wong—the first and only Asian American woman to gain movie stardom in the early days of Hollywood.

“Tsukiyama has been amplifying Asian voices throughout her career, and her new novel offers an intimate look at what made the original Chinese American film star tick.” — Publishers Weekly

“This stirring story about the drive and courageous spirit of a talented, barrier-breaking American icon works magnificently.” — Booklist (starred review)

Through September 30, cast your vote for this book or one of the other exciting nominees to help select the 2024 Sioux City Reads title at Copies of each title are available for check out at any Sioux City Public Library location or through the Libby app.

The winner will be announced this fall and will serve as inspiration for events, discussions, and programs throughout the upcoming Sioux City Reads initiative. Visit, the Library’s Facebook page, or sign-up for the Library’s e-newsletter at to get all the latest updates.