Jim Grimsley And Pearl Cleage In An Intimate Conversation About "How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning The Racist Lessons Of A Southern Childhood"

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Jim Grimsley And Pearl Cleage In An Intimate Conversation About "How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning The Racist Lessons Of A Southern Childhood"
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Charis Books and More/Charis Circle says
Join us for a very special conversation between two Charis favorites: Jim Grimsley and Pearl Cleage to celebrate the release of Jim's newest book: How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood.

In August of 1966, Jim Grimsley entered the sixth grade in his small eastern North Carolina hometown. But this year marked a significant shift in the way the people there — especially the white people — lived their lives. It was the year federally mandated integration of the schools went into effect, at first allowing students to change schools through “freedom of choice,” replaced two years later by forced integration.

For Jim, going to one of the private schools that almost immediately sprang up was not an option: his family was too poor to consider paying tuition, and while they shared the community’s dismay over the mixing of the races, they had bigger, more immediate problems to face.

Now, more than forty years later, Grimsley, a critically acclaimed novelist, revisits that school and those times, remembering his personal reaction to his first real exposure to black children and to their culture, and his growing awareness of his own mostly unrecognized racist attitudes.

How I Shed My Skin is honest, unflinching, and deeply moving, an important work that takes readers inside those classrooms and onto the playing fields as, ever so tentatively, alliances were forged and friendships established, while all around them the adults found it impossible to accept the changes being wrought. And as we mark the fiftieth anniversary of this turbulent time, Grimsley asks, how far have we really come?

Jim Grimsley is the author of four previous novels, among them Winter Birds, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; Dream Boy, winner of the GLBTF Book Award for literature; My Drowning, a Lila-Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award winner; and Comfort and Joy.

Pearl Cleage is the author of numerous works of fiction, plays, and non-fiction. Based in Atlanta, her most recent book is a work of non-fiction, Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs.

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5.
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