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Isabel Wilkerson: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

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Date:
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Speaker
Organizer/Author:
Ken Preston
Location Details:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” brilliantly chronicles the decades-long migration of African-Americans from the South to the North and West, from World War I through the 1970’s – through the stories of three individuals and their families. Over a decade in the writing and research, drawing on archival materials and more than 1,200 interviews, Isabel Wilkerson chronicles a major shift in American life, comparable to the immigration experience of many people who came to this country, setting off into the unknown in search of a better life. It will stand as a classic of narrative journalism and of modern American history, equaling masterworks by Diane McWhorter, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Robert Caro.

Isabel Wilkerson, the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, is Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University. She has also won a George S. Polk Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. This is her first book.

“Profound, necessary and an absolutely compelling read.” – Toni Morrison

“Isabel Wilkerson’s book is a masterful narrative of the rich wisdom and deep courage of a great people. Don’t miss it.” — Cornel West

$10 advance tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121408 :: 800-838-3006
or: Marcus Books, Pegasus Books, Pendragon, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore SF: Marcus Books, Modern Times
($12 door)

Information: http://www.kpfa.org/events KPFA benefit
Added to the calendar on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 5:57PM
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