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Discuss "There There" by Tommy Orange
Please note the new start time of 4:30pm and not 4:00pm. We will be meeting at the Pope House Museum in downtown Raleigh. There is on-street parking. The lot right next door to the museum is a paid lot. We will be taken on a brief tour of the Pope House before beginning our discussion. "The house was built in 1901 by Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, the only African-American man to run for mayor of a Southern capital in the midst of the Jim Crow Era " ( From Amazon: "Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York Times) There There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly)."

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511 S Wilmington St · Raleigh, NC

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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: ...

    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." ( )

    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

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