★ Recommended reading from our Indecent Histories guests

Thanks to the hundreds of people who came out to hear Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Justin Phillip Reed at Indecent Histories at the Melrose Branch of the Roanoke Public Library on August 29th. Look for information soon on how we’re carrying forward the conversation with a Stamped from the Beginning Book Club.

As we do, we’ll continue to release content from the night in conjunction with Roanoke Public Libraries and the National Book Foundation. Meanwhile, here is some project coverage and reading recommended by our guests.

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During the Q&A period, the authors were asked for additional reading recommendations. Here are some of the titles they listed:

To continue the conversation, join the Stamped from the Beginning Book Club, a six-week community read of the history of racist ideas. Each session will include a short talk by a local leader and thinker followed by small group conversation about the book. More detail coming soon, but save your TUESDAY evenings beginning October 22.

Historian Ibram X. Kendi was the youngest author to win the National Book Award for nonfiction for his book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, (Bold Type Books, 2017). The book was a Washington Post and Boston Globe Best Book of the Year, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and the NAACP Image Award Finalist for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction. The history runs from fifteenth-century Europe into the twenty-first century in five sections, each with a “tour guide” of thought of their era. Kendi is a professor of history and international relations at American University.

Paired with Kendi for the event was Justin Phillip Reed. The poet and essayist is originally from South Carolina, and now lives in St. Louis. He won the award in 2018 for his poetry collection, Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018).