Library hosts a month of programming centered on "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations"

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Library hosts a month of programming centered on "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations"

Mira Jacob's graphic novel on race and identity focus of 2020 DC Reads

Novelist Mira Jacob's son is half-Jewish and half-Indian. At age six, he started asking questions about what he saw on the news, like the riots in Ferguson, Missouri following the murder of Michael Brown. Talking to her son and relatives about race made Jacobs realize that there aren't easy answers to growing up as a person of color. She documented many of those conversations in what became the graphic novel "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations."

From November 10 to December 10, the DC Public Library will highlight Jacob's book with discussions and events centering on race and identity as part of DC Reads 2020. 

"Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations" is Jacob's second book. Set against the backdrop of the 2016 election and told through a series of conversations, this is a graphic memoir about race, family and America. Named "One of the Ten Best Books of the Year" by The Chicago Tribune and "One of the Best Books of the Year" by The New York Times Book Review, Jacob wrote and illustrated the book to appeal to adults and teens. 

DC Reads 2020 programs include a panel discussion on microaggressions and three afternoon conversations about the book lead by the DC Public Library's Teen Council. People can also discuss the book throughout the month on Twitter using the hashtag #DCReads.
On November 15, Mira Jacob will participate in an online discussion with Hannah Depp Oliver of Loyalty Bookstore. Jacob will discuss her book, its themes and its art. The discussion will be available on the Library's Facebook and YouTube Live channels.

DC Reads is a DC Public Library program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide discussions and events over a month, focusing on one book. In the past, DC Reads featured books like "Heads of the Colored People" by Nafissa Thompson-Spires; "The Refugees" by Viet Thanh Nguyen; "The Other Wes Moore" by Wes Moore; "Reading Lolita in Tehran "by Azar Nafisi and "A Lesson Before Dying "by Ernest J. Gaines.

The Library is making both print and eBook copies of the Good Talk available for checkout or download. To learn more about DC Reads, including the schedule of events and downloadable discussion guides for "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations," visit