Saturday, January 3, 2015

January: A Great Time for African American Books!

Happy New Year everyone! We have so many exciting events planned for January! In addition to our fabulous "11 Months" Wrap-Up Party on Sunday January 18th, EPL is offering five African American themed book discussions this month: fiction, nonfiction, plays, and graphic novels.. As usual, all books are available at the 2nd floor Reader's services desk; call 847-448-8620 to reserve copies.

This month we are launching a  collaboration with Evanston's Comix Revolution bookstore, and our discussion of March, the graphic novel biography of Congressman John Lewis takes place there. All other events are at the Main Library.

African American Literature Discussion: A Dreadful Deceit

Tuesday, January 6, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library
A power outage forced us to close the library early the day of our December discussion, but we will be back in our usual spot this coming Tuesday to talk about Dreadful Deceit, Jacqueline Jones' examination of race versus economics, and how various individuals have defined , or BEEN defined racially over the centuries.

GLBT Book Discussion: Giovanni's Room

titleTuesday, January 13, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library
James Baldwin, one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, was one of a handful to write from both an African American and a gay perspective. Join us for  Giovanni's Room, which chronicles a young American's sexual awakening in 1950s Paris.



League of Graphic Novel Readers: March

Friday, January 16, 7pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street (map)

The autobiography of Civil Rights legend and current US Congressman John Lewis,  March: Book One takes Lewis from rural Alabama to lunch counter sit-ins and a life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King.  Copies of March: Book One will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor and will be available for purchase at Comix Revolution.
The first 25 people to show up to the 1/16 meeting will receive a free copy of March, courtesy of Comix Revolution!


A Year of August Wilson: Radio Golf

Monday, January 19, 2015, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

So sad: Radio Golf is our final August Wilson discussion!
In 1997, entrepreneur Harold Wilks is on the verge of becoming Pittsburgh's first black mayor, but his identity is shaken when the past begins to catch up with him, revealing secrets that could be his undoing. Ultimately, he must recognize the price of his success and decide whether he is willing to pay it.



African American Literature Discussion: How To Be Black

Tuesday, January 20, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library
titlePart autobiography, part humorous manifesto, How To Be Black chronicles Baratunde Thurston's inner city childhood, private school education and successful career at Harvard and in corporate America, using his experiences to illustrate the perils of being "The Black Friend", "The Black Employee"  "The Black Spokesperson" and, inevitably "The Angry Negro". Accompanied by essays both humorous and thoughtful by a panel of "professional black people"

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