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VIRTUAL - Nikki Giovanni | Make Me Rain

Tue, October 27, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

One of America’s most celebrated poets, the “outspoken, prolific, energetic” ( New York Times ) Nikki Giovanni is the author of numerous collections of poetry including  Acolytes ;  Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment ; and  Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea .…

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VIRTUAL - Veronica Chambers | Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

Wed, October 28, 2020 12:00 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

In conversation with:  Rachelle Baker, illustrator; Jennifer Harlan, writer; Steffi Walthall, illustrator Veronica Chambers is the author of the acclaimed memoir  Mama’s Girl , a “troubling testament to grit and mother love” ( New Yorker ). She is also the co-author…

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VIRTUAL - Barbara Kingsolver | How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)

Thu, October 29, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $30.00 - Book with Ticket and shipping (handling fees separate)

A “gifted magician of words” ( Time ), Barbara Kingsolver is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist  The Poisonwood Bible , a postcolonial epic about an evangelical American family’s undoing in the Congo. She is the author of several essays and works of creative…

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VIRTUAL - Ayad Akhtar | Homeland Elegies

Wed, November 4, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Acclaimed for exploring complicated sociopolitical aspects of identity within the Muslim American experience, Ayad Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Disgraced , a play in which racial and cultural…

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VIRTUAL - H. W. Brands | The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

Thu, November 5, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

“A terrific writer who commands” his historical subject matter with “authority and panache” ( New York Times ), H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin ( The First American ) and Franklin Roosevelt ( Traitor…

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Whiteness and the Broadway Musical: A Virtual Book Talk Featuring Warren Hoffman, author of The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical

Wed, November 11, 2020 7:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

2020 has been a year of visible antiracist action, as protests have sprung up across the U.S. in response to senseless killings of Black Americans. The country is taking a hard look at systemic racism in all facets of society, from immigration policy to employment practices to the justice…

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VIRTUAL - Eddie Glaude, Jr. | Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

Tue, November 24, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

Register for the event  here . Rescheduled from July 16, 2020 In converation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition The chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, Eddie S.…

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