This discussion, led by MPL librarian Ariel Zeitlin, is designed to follow Isabel Wilkerson's Open Book / Open Mind Online conversation with Rachel L. Swarns on Monday, February 22, at 7 p.m. There is no need to attend the Open Book / Open Mind webcast to participate in the related book club discussion.
REGISTER HERE for Open Book / Open Mind Online with Isabel Wilkerson (NOT the book club)
ABOUT ISABEL WILKERSON
Isabel Wilkerson has emerged as a leading voice on the subject of race relations and social justice in America. Wilkerson was the first African American journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize as Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. Her first book, "The Warmth of Other Suns," a New York Times bestseller, was an extraordinary chronicle of the Great Migration (the 50-year period in which Southern Blacks fanned out through the United States seeking safety and opportunity), and won numerous prizes. She lives in Atlanta.
ABOUT "CASTE: The Origin of Our Discontents"
It is difficult to overestimate the influence of this groundbreaking new book. In "Caste," Wilkerson offers a sweeping reexamination of race, class, dominance and hegemony, comparing the position of American Blacks to Untouchables in India and Jews in Nazi Germany. She analyzes the elements of caste and offers hope for the future.
Not only was "Caste" a #1 New York Times bestseller and an Oprah's Book Club Choice, it has been hailed as an "masterwork of writing — a profound achievement of scholarship and research that stands also as a triumph of both visceral storytelling and cogent analysis" (The Guardian) and “An instant American classic about our abiding national sin…how brutal misperceptions about race have disfigured the American experiment” (The New York Times).