*This is a reading group discussion about Ta-Nehisi Coates' book. Coates will NOT be attending the event.*
Open Discussion Project promotes civil conversation at a time Americans are deeply divided. We hold different values and beliefs, and have different faiths, needs, and priorities. And yet we must continue to engage with one another on intentionally political subjects. Our democracy depends on it.
Books are essential to creating the marketplace of ideas on which our democracy depends. The Open Discussion Project, in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association, creates reading groups that offer an informal setting for facilitated conversation with others who hold different views.
This month’s discussion book is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
About the book:
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Coates shares with his son—and readers—through epistle form, the story of his awakening to the truth about race and his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences in his own life. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
How to Participate:
1. Come into the store (before the discussion date) to grab your copy of the book, and purchase it at our Will Call counter. As with all of our in-store book clubs, participants receive a 20% discount on the discussion book; just let us know at the Will Call counter when you purchase it.
2. Read the book and enjoy!
3. Join us on June 9th to engage in a discussion about the book and related themes. We encourage community members from all political spectrums to join us for a civil discussion that will be facilitated by two professionals.
PLEASE RSVP FOR THIS EVENT BY EMAILING RSVP@VROMANSBOOKSTORE.COM
This book talk will be held upstairs in our event space.
1. No personal attacks
2. Listen respectfully and thoughtfully
3. It's OK to disagree! Expect conflicting viewpoints. We’re here to explore them.
4. What's said here, stays here
5. Try not to dominate the discussion, give everyone opportunity to speak
6. Try building on the ideas of others by using language like “yes, and…”, instead of negating ideas (“yes, but…”)
7. Please respect time limits.