Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Anthony Acheson on Beyond Denial

Co-sponsored with The Galaxy Bookshop

We are delighted to welcome Anthony Acheson to read from and discuss his new book, Beyond Denial. This event will take place at the Hardwick Town House, allowing for a larger audience and providing room for social distancing. Please wear a mask.

 

Beyond Denial is an essay collection that sketches a spirituality for our time that is life-affirming and inclusive, intellectually viable and socially responsible. Acheson, an ordained minister, integrates Judeo-Christian insights with the rich resources of the world’s other religions and wisdom-streams.He emphasizes the centrality of consciousness in spiritual practice. Such awareness comes, first, through fostering experiential awareness of our inherent inner Divinity; and then also, through consciously perceiving—and moving beyond denial of—whatever dysfunctional patterns may plague us both individually and collectively.

 

 Acheson invites his readers to look at a wide range of topics with curiosity, questioning and compassion. This book offers many rich insights and practices that can help guide us toward a more hopeful human future, even in a time of great fear and confusion.

 

After growing up near New York City, Anthony Acheson earned a BA from Harvard College and a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ, a liberal Protestant denomination, in 1977, and has led several UCC congregations (and one Unitarian-Universalist church) in the Midwest and New England. He is also a lifelong musician who has recorded a CD of original compositions. Rev. Acheson is active as a speaker, workshop leader, and writer. He and his partner Nancy live in Vermont and have a daughter and three granddaughters. For more information call the Galaxy Bookshop at 472-5533.

Thursday, September 30th at 5:15 pm

Book Discussion:

The Dutch House

by Ann Patchett

 

“On the most basic level, The Dutch House is a book about two people piecing together the fragments of their youth… Maeve and Danny’s childhood has a fairytale quality, as if Cinderella and Hansel & Gretel were mixed together. They grow up in a wealthy household but lose everything, their mother is presumed to be dead, Andrea plays the role of the evil stepmother, and their stepsisters Nora and Bright are brought in and given preferential treatment. Like Hansel & Gretel, Maeve and Danny are forced to lean on each other and, as adults, are trying to pick up the pieces of their childhood and find a way back home.”- Jennifer Marie Lin at https://the-bibliofile.com/dutch-house/

 

The book was a NY Times 2019 Notable book. There is a lot to discuss and it should make a rousing book discussion selection!

 

Copies of the book available soon (expected Sept. 10)!

 

 

 

For more information:

call the library at 472-5948 or email: jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org

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On Race and Racism

2020 has given us a global pandemic and a global uprising of anti-racism around the world and especially in the United States. Under normal circumstances, the library would be the place you could turn to for community gatherings and conversations but our doors remain closed, for now, while we figure out how to safely re-open. The Jeudevine Memorial Library strives to be a place where all people feel welcome no matter the color of your skin, religious affiliation, income level, sexual orientation, gender, or your political persuasion. The library is a place to learn about history, current events, dreams of what the future might be, and to build awareness and knowledge.  

 

Some of us are already actively working toward racial justice, others have just begun. Some have not yet started. No matter where you are at right now or what your age or reading level is, we have books ranging from exploring the history of race in America to books on anti-racism as well as exploring these issues, and the lives of Black people around the world, through fiction. Contact the library for help finding the books you would like to read.

 

 

We would be happy to try to interlibrary loan any titles that we don't have in our collection. Ask us! 

 

Below are just a few titles on the subject that we have available at the library - you can reserve them by searching our catalog, or calling/texting the library (472-5948 - be sure to give your name if texting):

Adult-focused Titles:

Adult non-fiction: 

  • So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo;
  • Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi;
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander;
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson;
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of #Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery;
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.

Adult fiction titles:

  • Americanah and Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie;
  • The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead;
  • The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips;
  • An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones;
  • God Help the Children and Home by Toni Morrison
  • Deacon King Kong and Song Yet Sung by James McBride.

Documentary Films:

  • Alice's Ordinary People: Film about a civil rights worker;
  • Evanston's Living History;
  • Freedom riders;
  • Guns, germs, and steel;
  • I am not your Negro.

Youth-focused Titles:

YA/middle grade fiction titles: 

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds;
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone;
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland;
  • Everywhere You Don’t Belong by Gabriel Bump;
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon;
  • I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Jones and Segal;
  • On the Come Up and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas;
  • the graphic novel series March by John Lewis;
  • Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson;
  • This is My America by Kim Johnson;

YA/middle grade non-fiction titles: 

  • Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone;
  • Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Louis Henry Gates, Jr. and Tonya Bolden;
  • Remember: the Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison.
  • This Book is Antiracist by Tiffany Jewel
  • Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds; adapted from the book by Ibram X. Kendi;

Picture Books: 

  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes;
  • The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington.
  • Ellington Was Not A Street, by Ntozake Shange;
  • Grandaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Eric Stine and Daniel S. Bandy;
  • Love Double Dutch! by Doreen Spicer-Dannelly;
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison;
  •  Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham; 
  • This is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson;
  • Undefeated by Kwame Alexander;

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