One Book | One Minnesota is a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss.
Libraries are essential for connection, and through One Book | One Minnesota, libraries across the state will connect their communities through stories. The program aims to bring Minnesotans closer together during this time of distance and adversity.
One Book: Second Chapter
The featured book for Summer 2020 is A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin (Minnesota Historical Society Press).
Welcome to the second chapter of One Book | One Minnesota. When The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library as the Minnesota Center for the Book started this program two months ago with Because of Winn-Dixie, it was in response to the isolation and resource gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The desire was to bring Minnesotans together to share in the collective joy of reading and come together as a virtual community.
Since then, the Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd and, led by Black community members and activists, the world erupted in grief, protest, and perhaps finally a reckoning that we must confront institutional and systemic racism – and that means all of us. It’s not the solution, but reading and educating ourselves, and acting on our convictions, is what's called for.
We are fortunate that Minnesota is home to many talented writers whose work can inform and guide us on this journey. In 2016, the Minnesota Historical Society Press published a series of essays by Minnesota writers of color entitled A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin. We are grateful and proud to bring this book forward for the second chapter of One Book | One Minnesota.
Aug 13, 7:00pmOnline event
Aug 20, 7:00pmOnline event
Aug 21, 2:00pmOnline event
Aug 22, 2:00pmOnline event
One Book | One Minnesota is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services. Program partners also include Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators, Minitex (a joint program of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education), the Minnesota Department of Education, and Minnesota Historical Society Press.