Real Lit[erature] Book Club: Reading for Social Justice

Decorative Image: Logo for Real Lit Book Club plus book cover of The Hate U Give
Real Lit Book Club Logo, 2018. UW Tacoma Library/ The Center for Equity and Inclusion

We are excited to share some programming news! The UW Tacoma Library and The Center for Equity and Inclusion have been working all summer to get a pilot book club off the ground for the fall quarter. And we are ready to go!  If you are a UW Tacoma Undergraduate and are interested in joining, please fill out this linked survey.

Called “Real Lit[erature] Book Club” — Real Lit for short — our kick-off novel is The Hate U Give by best-seller Angie Thomas about police violence against African-Americans (and coming out as a major motion picture this October).  This novel made the National Book Award long list, and has had a huge impact nationally. It tells the story of 16-year old Starr, who grows up in a poor neighborhood while attending an elite suburban prep high school. The novel traces the impact and struggles Starr, and her communities face, when her best friend Khalil was shot by a police officer.

Why are we starting a book club?  We believe that using a novel to discuss contemporary societal issues allows for hard but necessary conversations to take place.  Joining a book club is also a fantastic way to create community by reducing isolation.

We are opening the book club up to 12 UW Tacoma students, so space is limited. As a reminder, please indicate your interest in participating by filling out this linked survey.

Each participant will receive a copy of The Hate U Give to keep.  There will be snacks at each of the bi-weekly meetings (Wednesday, 12:30-1:20), and we will provide movie tickets to see the film.  Last but certainly not least, we are thrilled to announce a skype call with the author as a culminating experience!

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