Join Jess Row, author of White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination, and Porter Square Books libromancers for our newly re-imagined 2020 Grown Up Book Fair.
This event takes place on Crowdcast, and is free and open to all.
White Flights is a meditation on whiteness in American fiction and culture from the end of the civil rights movement to the present. At the heart of the book, Jess Row ties “white flight”—the movement of white Americans into segregated communities, whether in suburbs or newly gentrified downtowns—to white writers setting their stories in isolated or emotionally insulated landscapes, from the mountains of Idaho in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping to the claustrophobic households in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections. White Flights aims to move fiction to a more inclusive place, and Row looks beyond criticism to consider writing as a reparative act. What would it mean, he asks, if writers used fiction “to approach each other again”? Drawing from White Flights, row will present "Critical Readings on Whiteness," to give you the tools you need to read towards a more just world.
Our libromancers will help you take the next step from antiracist reading lists by recommending a number books by African American authors, writing in all genres, about, well, everything, not just issues of race and policing and trauma, to help build a reading list.
Register to join the event on Crowdcast here: www.crowdcast.io/e/GUBF-with-Jess-Row