WHAT IS EAST BAY READS?
East Bay Reads is a new book group that brings neighbors together to encourage each other to read, discuss, and act. Our inaugural discussion will feature Ibram X. Kendi’s New York Times bestselling book, How to Be an Antiracist.
“The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.” What’s the difference? One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.’” How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
East Bay Reads titles will be selected on themes that represent a diverse range of voices and viewpoints. Group facilitators will seek to offer both nonfiction and fiction books that pair together on the series theme. By applying the sociological concept of intersectionality, we will also explore the interconnected nature of key issues such as race, class, and gender. We will discuss how these characterizations overlap and contribute to systems of discrimination and privilege. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own experiences and find ways to take action that moves beyond group discussion.
WHEN DOES THE GROUP MEET?
The winter series of EBR will focus on the theme of Race in America.
Book discussions will take place at 7 pm on:
- Thursday, January 21 - How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction)
- Thursday, March 4 - Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (fiction)
- Thursday, April 15 - Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (nonfiction)
Titles are subject to change due to the availability of library copies.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE BOOK HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST
Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. [From the publisher].
I WANT TO JOIN. HOW DO I REGISTER?
East Bay Reads is open to adult readers who register using the form below. Registration is for all three dates in the Winter Series. Space is limited, register today!
Participants will receive a Welcome Email with more information, followed by a Zoom link the day of the event to join us in the live discussion.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
This book group is facilitated by librarians from Barrington Public Library and bookstore owner Lisa Valentino of Ink Fish Books in Warren.