March 2015


the undocumented americansTHE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS
by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

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Looking beyond the flashpoints of the border or the activism of the DREAMers, Cornejo Villavicencio explores the lives of the undocumented—and the mysteries of her own life as a DACA recipient. She finds the nation of singular, effervescent characters often reduced in the media to political pawns or nameless laborers. The stories she tells are not deferential or naively inspirational but show the love, magic, heartbreak, insanity, and vulgarity that infuse the day-to-day lives of her subjects.

In New York, we meet the undocumented workers who were recruited into the federally funded Ground Zero cleanup after 9/11. In Miami, we enter the ubiquitous botanicas, which offer medicinal herbs and potions to those whose status blocks them from any other healthcare options. In Flint, Michigan, we learn of demands for state ID in order to receive life-saving clean water. And through it all we see the author grappling with the biggest questions of love, duty, family, and survival.

In her incandescent, relentlessly probing voice, Cornejo Villavicencio combines sensitive reporting and powerful personal narratives to bring to light remarkable stories of resilience, madness, and death.

How to Be an AntiracistHOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST
by Ibram X. Kendi

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“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.”

From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves. In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, tying it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

FREEDOM INVITE HTML v6On Tuesday, April 7th Broadway Books and The Freedom Writers Foundation are hosting a free screening of the forthcoming Freedom Writers Foundation documentary “Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War” for educators. The event will include a book signing and comments by guest speaker Erin Gruwell, teacher and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. To RSVP, click here.

Space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.   Please note that children and students will not be admitted.

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 7th at 2:00 PM

Location: Penguin Random House Building | 1745 Broadway | (Between 55th & 56th Streets) | 2nd Floor Café Auditorium

To read more about Erin Gruwell’s The Freedom Writers Diary, click here.