A COMMUNITY READING EVENT
Each year we select a book to read together as a community. While we are unable to host in-person discussion groups this year, we hope you will join us in our collective read and initiate discussion with friends, family, book clubs, classrooms, and community.
For 2020, our One Book selection is How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
We have also selected two youth companion titles to enrich discussions with younger readers.
Companion Book for Young Adults:
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Companion Picture Book or Board Book for our Youngest Readers:
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
All books available at the Doylestown and Lahaska Bookshops.
(A portion of proceeds of books purchased will be donated to the 2021 Bucks County Book Festival.)
Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
In this book, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.
Dr Kendi will also be the 2020 Bucks County Book Festival Keynote Speaker Learn more here.
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.
Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society.
How to Host a One Book Discussion
Find some friends who are interested in reading and open to discussion
Pick a date and "venue". We find Zoom to work well for discussions for larger groups who are unable to socially distance.
Read the book (obviously!). Jot down some notes on ideas or pages that impact you or are good discussion topics.
Review the Discussion Questions from Random House here.
Some thoughts for effectively guiding discussion:
Ask questions and let others answer first
Make connections between comments
Occasionally direct questions toward quiet people
Rein in tangents (difficult, but necessary!)
Don't feel obligated to get through all the questions
Wrap up discussion by asking each person to rate the book on a scale of 1 to 5.
Visit our One Book Facebook page and let us know how your discussion went!