Facing History Book Cafe

Posted by Liz Vogel on September 17, 2018

IMG_3527You may be familiar with the Japanese word tsundoku, a noun that describes a person who buys books but never reads them, and then lets them pile up everywhere.
I can relate! My reading list grows almost daily. I'm drawn, more than ever, to books that can help make meaning of the world around me. It's no surprise that I gravitate to stories tied to the big questions that Facing History examines: identity and belonging, we and they, racial justice, civic engagement.
That's why this year I'm piloting a Facing History Book Cafe, to help me read some of the incredible books I've stacked up in my home and office! Every other month, I'll host a bookclub conversation in a private home, open to teachers, students, donors, community members and friends. I've chosen a selection of books (see below) from a variety of genres - YA fiction, memoir, historical nonfiction and social commentary. 
scope_and_sequence_smallEach book aligns with a theme within Facing History's scope and sequence of study, which will provide a loose frame for discussion. You can choose to read one book in the series or as many of them as you like. This is meant to be an informal opportunity to learn together. 
I'll kick off the Book Cafe on Sunday, September 30th, 1-3 PM, at a home in Beverly Glen/West LA, with Timothy Snyder's On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. This book is a very short, but essential read!
Please RSVP to me at liz_vogel@facinghistory.org. Location details will be shared upon RSVP.
I hope you'll join me! 

IMG_3543Sunday, September 30, 2018

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

Facing History Theme: Choosing to Participate




IMG_3544Sunday, December 2, 2018

A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss and Survival by Melissa Fleming

Facing History Theme: Identity and the Power of Labels



IMG_3545Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Facing History Theme: We and They



IMG_3546Sunday, March 10, 2019

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Facing History Theme: A Case Study



IMG_3547Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

Facing History Theme: Judgment and Legacy


I look forward to learning together!

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