There's nothing like a good book and the African American Writers Book Discussion Group (AAWBDG) reads one each month. This club has been reading and discussing books written by black authors for more than 20 years. Membership is open to all adults (age 18 and older) and meets 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, mostly at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Avenue. Click here to reserve books from the library. Contact Vince Omni, 785-213-0138 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
"Citizen" by Claudia Rankine
7 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016
Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.
Reserve a copy of this book through the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.