As a late night television viewer, I have now seen three snippets of the Kerri Miller interview with Michele Norris, author of The Grace of Silence. Though the interview was actually recorded October 3, it makes a fascinating replay, no matter where I happen to come in on the conversation.
Norris’s book is the focus of the city-wide One Minneapolis, One Read initiative that encourages Minneapolitans to read and discuss one book selected by local readers. Norris herself, formerly a National Public Radio reporter, grew up in South Minneapolis, in the first African family on the block. (Norris stepped down from that position on October 25, when her husband joined the Obama campaign.)
The project’s website says that “the idea for a community read emerged following a controversial debate over a Minneapolis dog park. Neighbors wanted to find ways to talk about race and increase understanding” and that “One Minneapolis, One Read will bring people in the city together and spark conversations about race, family and neighborhood history.”
The website include a rich mix of downloadable resources include a links to the audio and video rebroadcasts of the Michele Norris interview with Kerri Miller, a One Minneapolis, One Read fact sheet and press release and the first chapter of The Grace of Silence, which is available to be downloaded. The website also notes that:
The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Libraries and Minneapolis Public Schools are promoting literacy and respectful public dialogue in this initiative. Minneapolis residents can play a positive role in their communities and explore important – sometimes difficult – issues that they face as a community by reading The Grace of Silence and getting involved.
If you’d like to read the book, it can be checked out (hard cover or CD audiobook) or downloaded from the Hennepin County Library. To reserve a copy or download the book, go to the library’s website and enter the book title in the Search Catalog box. The book is also available for purchase in hard cover, e-reader and paperback.
One Minneapolis, One Read readings and discussions will be happening throughout the City and throughout the year. Watch for updates at local libraries, community education centers, parks and rec centers and elsewhere.