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Griot African-American Book Discussion (In-person or Zoom)

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

2023-01-17 18:30:00 2023-01-17 19:30:00 America/Chicago Griot African-American Book Discussion (In-person or Zoom) The Griot Book Discussion features books by African-American authors. Meets in-person or via Zoom on the third Tuesday of the month. January's selection: Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow. Eola Road Branch - ASD Eola Zoom Room, Eola 108 Small Meeting Room

Tuesday, January 17
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2023-01-17 18:30:00 2023-01-17 19:30:00 America/Chicago Griot African-American Book Discussion (In-person or Zoom) The Griot Book Discussion features books by African-American authors. Meets in-person or via Zoom on the third Tuesday of the month. January's selection: Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow. Eola Road Branch - ASD Eola Zoom Room, Eola 108 Small Meeting Room

Eola Road Branch

ASD Eola Zoom Room, Eola 108 Small Meeting Room

The Griot Book Discussion features books by African-American authors. Meets in-person or via Zoom on the third Tuesday of the month. January's selection: Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow.

Monthly book discussion featuring works by African-American authors. You now have the option to attend in-person or on Zoom! Please register and choose your attendance option. Print copies of the book are available for checkout at the Eola Road Branch Adult Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. Email group facilitator Becky Clark at rclark@aurorapubliclibrary.org for more information.

Book description:

Summer 1995: Ten-year-old Joan, her mother, and her younger sister flee her father’s explosive temper and seek refuge at her mother’s ancestral home in Memphis. This is not the first time violence has altered the course of the family’s trajectory. Half a century earlier, Joan’s grandfather built this majestic house in the historic Black neighborhood of Douglass—only to be lynched days after becoming the first Black detective in the city. Joan tries to settle into her new life, but family secrets cast a longer shadow than any of them expected. As she grows up, Joan finds relief in her artwork, painting portraits of the community in Memphis. One of her subjects is their enigmatic neighbor Miss Dawn, who claims to know something about curses, and whose stories about the past help Joan see how her passion, imagination, and relentless hope are, in fact, the continuation of a long matrilineal tradition. Joan begins to understand that her mother, her mother’s mother, and the mothers before them persevered, made impossible choices, and put their dreams on hold so that her life would not have to be defined by loss and anger—that the sole instrument she needs for healing is her paintbrush. Unfolding over seventy years through a chorus of unforgettable voices that move back and forth in time, Memphis paints an indelible portrait of inheritance, celebrating the full complexity of what we pass down, in a family and as a country: brutality and justice, faith and forgiveness, sacrifice and love.

AGE GROUP: | Adults - ages 19+ |

EVENT TYPE: | Reading and Literacy |

TAGS: | book discussion | Book Club |

Eola Road Branch

Phone: 630-264-4117
Fax: 630-898-5220
Branch manager
Krista Danis

Hours
Mon, Nov 28 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Nov 29 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Nov 30 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Dec 01 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Dec 02 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Dec 03 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Dec 04 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

This branch shares the Eola Community Center buiding with the Fox Valley Park District. It offers a quiet reading room with a fireplace, study rooms and a family computer lab. The Eola Road Branch has public meeting rooms that may be used for community programs. 

 

Upcoming events

Thu, Dec 01, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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