The most memorable book I read in the last year was The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, a gripping and stomach-turning rendering of slavery and the beginning of the Jim Crow era in America. As richly imagined as the novel is, it is also very much based in fact, and the pictures Whitehead created in my mind of the public lynchings that were meant as entertainment for white families still haunt me. These are the horrors that the brand-new lynching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama will help us all confront, but until you can make a pilgrimage there, pick up a copy of Whitehead’s Pulitzer-prize winning book if you haven’t already. On Tuesday, May 1, you can celebrate its paperback release and the one-year anniversary of Books are Magic at the same time. The evening starts at 7:30 and is free; RSVP here.
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