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Reading Race Book Group

Tue, July 12 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Background graphic of multi-colored hands on a smooth green-gray background that reads Reading Race Book Group with a large book on the right that is titled The City We Became.

This book club, co-sponsored by the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE) and KPL’s Antiracism Transformation Team, focuses on race and racism in American society. Join us for an in-person discussion of The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin. This discussion will take place outside in Bronson Park, with the Van Deusen room at Central Library as the rain location. Please bring your lawn or camping chair.

N. K. Jemisin brings her reality-ripping storytelling skills to her own backyard of New York City in this vivid series starter. In The City We Became, few people realize that Earth’s grandest cities—London, Hong Kong, São Paolo, and others—are alive. When New York City tries to join that select group, five people in the city unexpectedly become the living embodiments of each of the city’s five boroughs. Unfortunately, the first thing they learn is that the newborn city is under attack from a very ancient enemy that has successfully killed cities before, and now the five New Yorkers are targets as well. More fortunately, the city’s avatars soon discover that with great responsibility comes great powers. Paranormal battles on top of cabs, hidden subway stations, New York City politics, and local artists’ galleries thread through each other in a live-wire love letter to the city and its diverse denizens. While Jemisin has won awards with her previous novels, this one may be the most likely to win readers’ hearts as well.


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Tue, July 12
6:30 pm–8:00 pm
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Bronson Park
200 W South St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States

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