Author Talk: Heather McGhee

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Join us for an evening of conversation with New York Times bestselling author of The Sum Of Us and Chair of the Board of Color of Change, Heather McGhee, and Savala Nolan, Executive Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law and author of Don't Let it Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender and the Body (Simon & Schuster).

The Sum of Us illuminates how racism is at the root of some of our most vexing public problems, from collapsing infrastructure to rising student debt. At the heart of the book are humble stories of people yearning to be a part of a better America, including white supremacy’s collateral victims: white people themselves. This book was chosen by the Library’s Racial Justice Advisory Group (RJAG) as the first in a series of “all staff reads” and is the BPL adult book club read for May as well as the read for an “all teen read” in collaboration with Berkeley High School and Berkeley Technology Academy.

Hailed as “illuminating and hopeful,” the critically acclaimed book spent 10 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. McGhee adapted the book into a Spotify podcast series, produced by Michelle and Barack Obama’s production company.

Savala Nolan's writing has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times Book Review,  NPR, Time, Harper’s Magazine, and more. She holds a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she lectures on identity and law and directs the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.  Her second essay collection, Good Woman, is forthcoming from HarperCollins.

This event is made possible by a generous gift from the Pace Trust in support of the Berkeley Public Library North Branch.

Location: Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley CA 94707

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