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Feb122018

Library Books & Community Focus on "Between the World and Me"

This February the Anderson County Library launched their new program “Book & Community.” In order to bring national conversations to a community level through the lens of an award-winning book.
For this Books & Community, the chosen book is the National Book Award Winner "Between the World and Me," by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Limited copies of the book are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as additional copies at each library location available for checkout. "Between the World and Me" will be a starting point for book group conversations and panel discussions led by various community leaders.
 
On Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Westside Community Center the panel will focus on the experience of black men in America, past, present, and future. The event will feature Professor Ron Talley, Minister Marian Tarrant from “Men at Work,” Courtney Robinson from the Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, and Pickens High School student Jordan Rucker.
 
The final panel will take place on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Anderson County Main Library and will look at three different generations and their experiences of the themes within "Between the World and Me." Anderson Mayor Roberts will be joined by Anderson University’s Tyrome Philson, Call Me Mister’s Justus Cox, and Anderson Human Relations Council’s Elizabeth Strong at the event.
 
More “book club” style conversations surrounding the book will take place across Anderson County. On Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30pm at the Carolina Bauernhaus Ales, Anderson University professors will facilitate. Then Thursday, February 22, at 6:00pm there will be a discussion at the Pendleton Branch Library. The final book discussion will take place at 12pm on Wednesday, February 28, at the Anderson County Library.
 
Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the leading contemporary writers on racial identity as well as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His works include "The Beautiful Struggle" and "Between the World and Me," as well as a recent run of Marvel’s "Black Panther" comics, the inspiration behind the new film starring Anderson native Chadwick Boseman.
Styled as a letter to his son, Coates delves into how the social necessity of identification through race lines has dictated the history of the American people. He writes to his son from an earnest place rooted in his personal experiences, imploring his son to accept what Coates sees as the distressing reality of the status of “his” body as a young black man. Through an exploration of his own childhood, education at Howard University, and experiences as a father, Coates chronicles how he has come to these conclusions on what it means to be a black man in America today.
 
This event is part of Books & Community, a new program at the Anderson County Library in which a series. This year’s Books & Community is sponsored by the Anderson County Library, Anderson County Human Relations Council, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and South Carolina Humanities.

 

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