Wednesday, June 23, 7pm
Left Bank Books Online Meeting - Registration is required
Book discussions will take place monthly virtually, rsvp sign up is here. Participation is free, but registration is required. Participants can register for any or all of the meetings at this link. Each month, the discussion group will unpack the selected book through prompts and visual cues from artworks in the exhibition that inspired the book selection.
The fourth meeting is June 23 at 7pm and will be discussing Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. The book was selected in response to a series of paintings by Torkwase Dyson on view as part of Stories of Resistence, which employs shapes that gives a sense of nature and the language of Black Liberation Strategies. The event is accompanied by the release of the Radio Resistance episode “Forms of Liberation,” featuring Dyson and scholar Geoff Ward.
You’re encouraged to participate even if you haven’t finished reading the book, or are planning to start!
Books are available for purchase through Left Bank Books at our discounted reading group 20% off rate. Please email Shane at Shane.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
To see the full Read the Resistance schedule visit the Read the Resistance Book Club page.
One of the New York Times Book Review TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Eleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.
But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Over the course of their travels, what brings Wash and Christopher together will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self. Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, Washington Black is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.
One of the Best Books of the Year
The Boston Globe ● The Washington Post ● Time ● Entertainment Weekly ● San Francisco Chronicle ● Financial Times ● Minneapolis Star Tribune ● NPR ● The Economist ● Bustle ● The Dallas Morning News ● Slate ● Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.