“Books have the power to shape us, and I’m of the mind that readers do the thinking and the ensuing wrestling required in a strong democracy.”The Roanoke Times ran this as part of a BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke opinion piece related to this Thursday’s Summer with the National Book Awards.
The event will feature two National Book Award winners: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and Justin Phillip Reed, author of Indecency. These acclaimed writers will discuss histories of inequity and discrimination, contemporary identity, and what community looks like for writers and people of color. It’s an opportunity to learn. It’s an opportunity to engage. It’s an opportunity to advance our community’s conversation in new ways.
We do not do these things perfectly. We do them with a willingness to learn together and to know each other. We’ll read. We’ll challenge ourselves.