Sarah Park Dahlen and I can find the exact conversatiion where we decided to have online book discussions, even though there’s no real reason why we did it. Paula Yoo’s From A Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement (Norton, 2021) is the book that motivated us. And, with A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia (Quill Tree, 2021) and we were hooked!
This year, we’ve formalized our book discussion club by naming it (that’s the name up there in the post’s title) and aligning with our universities. We’ll continue to alternate Asian American and African American titles and we’ll work to include book creators in our discussions as often as possible.
Our first discussion is coming up very soon! On Wednesday, 26 January at 7pmET/4pmPT we’ll discuss I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story by Martha Brockenbrough with Grace Lin and illustrated by Julia Kuo. You know the drill: get the book, read it, register and then, on the 26th, log in to chat.
We hope you can join us! Register here (Click the tab for January): https://libguides.indstate.edu/ABCCD