The first Kingston Reads city-wide book club will take place in July, and kicks off with a book that has resonance at this time in history: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.
Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy — from police brutality to the mass incarceration of black Americans — has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about.
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Oluo guides readers of all races in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. Salon called the book “generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt ….It’s for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action.”
So You Want to Talk About Race is available for purchase, with a ten percent discount, at Rough Draft Bar & Books now through the end of July. The audiobook is also available to purchase through Libro.fm, an affiliate partner of Rough Draft.
The Kingston Reads initiative encourages all members of the Kingston community to read the same book and to gather for discussions about the topics within.
Three virtual conversations will be announced soon, with conversations held in partnership with Rough Draft and Radio Kingston. More info on ways to be involved is available at: www.roughdraftny.com/kingstonreads