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I'm interested in reading more books by people of color, especially women of color, and discussing them with other readers. I was inspired by Roxane Gay's lists of books she loves and also by this Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/2 ...

In an article on The Rumpus Roxane Gay writes, "Nearly 90% of the books reviewed by The New York Times [in 2011] are written by white writers. That is not even remotely reflective of the racial makeup of this country, where 72% of the population, according to the 2010 census, is white. We know that far more than 81 books were published by writers of color in 2011. You don’t really need other datasets to see this rather glaring imbalance." ( http://therumpus.net/2012/06/where-things-stand/ )

I'm excited to seek out books and authors that write about experiences that resonate and are familiar (and also unfamiliar!) to me. I'm hoping we can explore different genres of books as well. I think we'll start out with "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this year. I'm also interested in reading "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler, "The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henríquez, "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison and am open to other suggestions as well. All are welcome to join.

Book discussions coming up:

August: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

September: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

[a change] October: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Upcoming events (3)

Attend Triangle African American Theater Preview '19

Raleigh Little Theatre

From the Raleigh Little Theater website (https://raleighlittletheatre.org/events/triangle-african-american-theater-preview-19/) "Celebrate the rich and diverse season of African American theater in the Triangle! The Triangle Friends of African American Arts is bringing together several performing arts organizations to showcase the wonderful African American plays and musicals that will hit the stages in 2019. This special evening will include dramatic readings, songs, and scenes from upcoming performances. Hosted by Mike Williams of The Black on Black Project. Tickets are $15 per person. All proceeds from ticket sales support the work of Triangle Friends of African American Arts." Also check out the Triangle Friends of African American Arts website: http://www.africanamericanarts.org/

Sing songs from Hamilton with PopUp Chorus Broadway

The ArtsCenter Carrboro

Come sing "My Shot," "You'll Be Back," and "Dear Theodosia" from Hamilton with PopUp Chorus Broadway at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro! Tickets are $13 and can be purchased online here: https://artscenterlive.org/performance/popup-broadway-2/

Discuss "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

Regulator Bookshop

We will be discussing Michelle Obama's memoir!! Do I even need to say more?? From Amazon: "An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. "

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