This week we kick-off the first Metro Big Read! Over 1,400 people plan to read the book, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and participate in the community-wide read through discussions of the book (15 Metro State courses, four Saint Paul Public Libraries (Rondo, Arlington Hills, Rice Street, and Dayton’s Bluff), East Side Freedom Library, five Saint Paul high schools, six local corrections sites, and four Metro State discussions (Saint Paul, Midway, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Park).
The Big Read Kickoff takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, starting with the opening of the Guiding Lights exhibition. Seitu Jones will moderate an artist panel discussion at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., John Wright, Ph.D., Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor of Afro-American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota will give the keynote address, “Hurston as High Priestess: Their Eyes and the Hieroglyphs of African American Culture.”
Want to receive a free copy of the book? Sign up to participate in any book discussion at the Kickoff event! You can also sign up for the Metro State book discussions by filling out this form.
You can also participate by attending one of the other Metro Big Read events including screenings of the film Their Eyes Were Watching God, a Minnesota Book Arts bookmaking workshop, Black Storytellers Alliance Performances, and lectures focused on themes from the book. See the Metro Big Read website for more details on the read and associated events. The keynote address will be streamed live on YouTube at 7 p.m. Look for more opportunities to participate by following #metrobigread on Twitter.
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