Participate in a great book discussion


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Summer is a great time to sit down with a great book. A great book that inspires thought is even better! The Grand Rapids Public Library is sharing its top ten picks for its annual GR Reads program. Each recommended book has corresponding events that complement the subject matter, including “Between the World and Me.”

“Between the World and Me” generated a lot of conversation about raising strong black men. The author, Ta-Nehisi Coates, wrote it in the form of a letter to his teenage son. He wrote the book to tell the story of current events in a way to help his son understand his place in the world.

There are three events corresponding with “Between the World and Me:”Protest Literature: Writing of the Struggle of the Oppressed

Dr. Sherry Johnson, Associate Professor of English at GVSU

Wednesday, June 8 – 7 p.m.

Main Library – 111 Library St NERaising Strong Black Men Panel Discussion: A Response to Between the World and Me

Panelists include Jamon Alexander, Dr. Andre Fields, Tony Jolliffi, and Joe Jones

Thursday, June 16 – 7 p.m.

Main Library – 111 Library St NEMini-Golf in the Library

Saturday, July 30 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Main Library – 111 Library St NERegistration required

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