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Ibram X. Kendi new book is an intensely personal journey through the birth of his first child and how fatherhood helped deepen his work.
“Like any parent, like any mother or father, I want to protect my child above all else,” the 39-year-old historian and National Book Award winner told the columnist. Anita Chabria. “And when my daughter was born, I first thought, or assumed or assumed without necessarily thinking about it, that the way to protect her was to keep her away, if that’s even possible, from toxicity. racism.”
Instead, Kendi says her experiences and research have taught her “quite the opposite.” He says it’s never too early – or too late – to talk to children about race to teach and protect them at any age.
Here are 4 things to know about Kendi and her just-published “How to Raise an Antiracist” ahead of her conversation with the LA Times Book Club on June 22.
Raising an empathetic child is raising an anti-racist child“I think, especially for young children, when you think about [modeling] anti-racist behavior is behavior that is akin to consideration or sharing,” Kendi says.
The turbulent summer of 2020 inspired the MacArthur Genius Fellowship winner to write “How to Raise an Anti-Racist”. Kendi says she was struck by the large number of young people taking to the streets to protest against racism and police brutality.
Kendi also released a second book this week, “Goodnight Racism.” This is a picture book for children. “I’m just thrilled to write a book that imagines what a world without racism, an anti-racism society would be like, and to be able to really present that to our youngest who have the biggest and most beautiful imaginations.” This week he spoke with the LA Times Today presenter Lisa McCree on both books.
He doesn’t read to escape. “I tend to drink sangria,” he says. This week, Kendi curated an anti-racism summer reading list for Parents magazine.
Join us: Get tickets to Wednesday’s in-person book club chat with Kendi and the Times columnist sandbanks. The event begins at 7 p.m. at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.
What would you like to ask? Share your questions for Kendi before book club night in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It’s official: We’re dancing dirty in July with Jennifer Grey. The actress and bestseller author will join book clubbers to discuss his memoir, “Out of the Corner,” with the Times senior entertainment writer and author of “Bachelor Nation” Amy Kaufman.
We return to the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood on July 19, and no one should wear a watermelon. Get tickets.
Tell us: How many times have you seen “Dirty Dancing” and what are your favorite lines? We will share your comments in an upcoming newsletter.
June 29correspondent abroad Jawid Kaleem will join readers for the latest episode of Ask a Reporter, the live dating series where Times reporters discuss the news and answer your questions about the stories we cover.
Kaleem is based in London, where he launched a multimedia series exploring Californian connections across national borders. He will discuss recent stories about the Golden State’s growing European connections, including the wave of expats surging to Portugal, as well as California’s new role as a culinary pipeline to the EU.
The event will be broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Register on Eventbrite.
More trips: In case you missed our May Book Club, you can still catch the “Letter to a Stranger” night with authors Maggie Shipstead, Pico Iyer, Michelle Tea and Colleen Kinderand Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds. Look now.
Closure of the bookstore. The owners of Eso Won Books, the beloved black-owned independent bookstore in Los Angeles, will close their brick-and-mortar store. Eso Won will close its doors at the end of the year, but the owners James Fugate and Tom Hamilton will still be our local book selling partner for next week’s Kendi Book Club at USC. “James and Tom don’t just sell books, they create a sense of community,” says the author Lynel George. “They have been working, all this time, to fill the gaps, especially for black readers and authors. You would walk in and see this abundant selection and it was exciting to browse through it. … I always feel rejuvenated after a visit with them.
James Patterson feels the heat. The best-selling author drew widespread criticism after saying white men face ‘a different form of racism’ during a London Times interview about his autobiography. He then apologized.
Star lit. Just before his 20th birthday, the Oakland poet-novelist phenomenon Leila Mottley just released her first book, “Nightcrawling,” the Oprah Book Club’s latest pick. “I have plenty of time to grow,” says Mottley. “My writing is very different from what it was when I wrote this book, so I think rapid growth means I’m going to be able to reinvent myself a million different times.”
California Book Award. This year’s Commonwealth Club Gold Medalists include “The Archer” by Shruti Swamy (fiction); “Skin ship”, by Yoon Choi (first fiction); “Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Fire” by Lizzie Johnson (non-fiction); and “Everything Now: Lessons From the City-State of Los Angeles” by Baldwin de Rosecrans (Californian).
His favorite things. Oscar winner and author Julie Andres joined our book club for a memorable evening at the Orpheum theater, just months before the pandemic hit. Andrews returned to Los Angeles this month and finally received her long-delayed AFI Life Achievement Award. Journalist Marie McNamara notes that the 86-year-old stage and screen star hasn’t let a global pandemic get in the way of his vital career. Andrews “managed to write three books, launch a podcast, and perform the narration of Shonda Rhimes’ hit ‘Bridgerton’ without leaving her home in Sag Harbor, NY too much.” A third thesis is also in preparation.
And he writes too! In an interview for the Millions, Jianan Qian interviews with author and professor at USC Percival Everett on Everett’s many skills: novel writing, abstract painting, horse training, instrument repair, and jazz guitar playing. “I never see these things as challenges,” Everett says. “You live in the world. You do stuff. What else am I supposed to do with my free time? »
His stories. MSNBC Host At Katy Tur’s childhood began in an LA news helicopter. In a new memoir, “Rough Draft,” Tur delves into her family’s chaotic past, the pandemic, motherhood, and current affairs.
The Adventures of Al. Long Beach Lynne Cox braved the Bering Strait and the English Channel and wrote the book on swimming; his latest project is about daring water rescue dogs, via the Long Beach Post.
“Here” from the LA Times. This new series of photographs celebrates the roots, ambassadors and pillars of black culture in Los Angeles and will be featured at today’s “Eat See Hear” event at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The event also includes live music, food trucks and a screening of “42”, for the year of the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.
Father’s Day finds. Critical Michael Schaub shares last-minute gift ideas for seven different types of book-loving dads.
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“I will be absolutely frank and honest,” says LeVar Burton. “It’s embarrassing that we ban books in this country; in this culture; these days… Read the books they ban. This is where the good stuff is!