“Books give us a sense of empathy and compassion for other people,” says Dr. Daryl Carter, history professor and director of Africana Studies at ETSU.
You can explore that empathy with Dr. Carter in his upcoming book discussion about James Baldwin’s classic novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain. The event will be held over Zoom on Tuesday, February 2 at 6 p.m. Learn more about the event and register here. Don’t wait too long to register—the first 10 people to sign up get a free copy of the book! The Zoom discussion will be live-streamed on our Facebook page for those who don’t register.
Go Tell It on the Mountain, which was Baldwin’s first major work, appears on Time Magazine‘s list of the 100 best novels since 1923. In it, John Grimes, who bears similarities to Baldwin himself, comes of age in Harlem while confronting issues of race and religion.
“Go Tell It on the Mountain set James Baldwin on the path to being one of the foremost Black intellectuals in the nation and one of America’s greatest writers,” says Dr. Carter. “It expresses rage and fury, but also hope and love.”
When you join Dr. Carter’s conversation about Go Tell It on the Mountain, you’ll explore the book’s themes and learn about its historical context. You’ll also have a chance to see how Baldwin’s expression of his own identity fits into the broader theme of our Own Voices Reading Challenge. This current reading challenge focuses on literature that represents an author’s marginalized or underrepresented identity.
“Own Voices is important because these authors are Americans like you or me,” Dr. Carter says. “When you explore diversity, you can weave a much richer tapestry. Books like Go Tell It on the Mountain aren’t just entertainment. They also help you become a more well-rounded individual.”
Call (423) 434-4454 for more information about the event. Learn more about the Own Voices Winter Reading Challenge, including booklists and upcoming online events, on our Own Voices page. And don’t forget to follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for updates on our collections, programs, and services!