Date(s) - 12/03/21
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Join Harrietts Bookshop as we celebrate Read Until You Understand from author Farah Jasmine Griffin. Let’s explore the ‘issues’ that lie deep beneath the surface of what we read to learn life lessons, challenge stereotypes, and dig into uncomfortable truths for an enhanced reading experience.
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About the Event
Underlying Issues is a bookshop talk show design to ‘dig in’ to the issue the lie beneath the stories of what we read. We reflect on the motivations, fears, desires, and passion of our favorite characters from the books we love to help us uncover deep rooting beliefs that need to “come up” to the surface for examination, restoration, or elimination. Jeannine A. Cook and Jasmaine A. Cook invite VIP (virtual and in-person) guest to join them in their escavation as they ask, “What the heck is underneath all that?”
Farah Jasmine Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University where she also served as the inaugural Chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department. She is the author of five books including Who Set You Flowin?: The African American Migration Narrative (1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (2001), Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (with Salim Washington, 2008), and Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II (2013). Salamishah Tillet is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies & Creative Writing and director of Express Newark, a center for socially engaged art and design, at Rutgers University-Newark. She is a contributing critic-at-large for the New York Times, and the author of Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination and the recent book, In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of An American Masterpiece. She is currently working on a book on the civil rights icon, Nina Simone for which she received the Whiting Foundation Creative Non-Fiction grant in 2020, and a cultural history of the Me Too movement for which she was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2021. In 2003, she and Scheherazade Tillet founded A Long Walk Home, an organization that uses art to empower people to end violence against girls and women.