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Webinar: Connecting Through Literature
September 15, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
The goal of this monthly discussion is to strengthen our community ties and expand understanding through reading. The group is a collaboration between Humanities and Harrell Health Sciences Library.
September’s discussion will be on the book “Brother I Am Dying” by Edwidge Danticat.
Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph, a charismatic pastor, as her “second father” when she was placed in his care at age four when her parents left Haiti for America. So she experiences a jumble of emotions when, at twelve, she joins her parents in New York City, whom she struggles to remember–she has left behind Joseph and the only home she’s ever known. The story of a new life in a new country while fearing for those still in Haiti soon becomes a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. In 2004, his life threatened by a gang, the frail, 81-year-old Joseph makes his way to Miami, where he thinks he will be safe. Instead, he is detained by the Department of Homeland Security, brutally imprisoned, and dead within days. It was a story that made headlines around the world.–From publisher description.
This Year’s Reading List:
September: Brother I Am Dying – Edwidge Danticat
October: Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
November: The Night Watchman – Louise Erdrich
December: Poetry of Amanda Gorman (from whichever book or online source you’d like)
January: Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi
February: Just Us: An American Conversation – Claudia Rankine
March: The Woman Warrior – Maxine Hong Kingston
April: Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
May: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu