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February 10, 2021 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Delaware Humanities

“Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

Sethe was born a slave and through a perilous journey escaped to Ohio.   Eighteen years later, living in her own home with her daughter Denver in a post-Civil War America, Sethe is still not free.  She is haunted, figuratively and literally, by her past.  Just when things begin to change, potentially for the better, a mysterious teenager shows up on Sethe’s porch, calling herself by the one word Sethe could afford to put on her dead daughter’s tombstone…Beloved.  Toni Morrison’s banned magic realism classic, Beloved (1987), is a powerful look at love, loss, freedom, good, and evil.


Program Description

As part of Delaware Humanities’ “Prohibited” initiative, the books for the 2021 Winter and Summer Book Clubs will be previously banned or frequently challenged books.  This winter we will look at three classics and then this summer focus on modern literature. Everyone who attends all three Winter Book Club sessions will be entered into a raffle to win a Banned Books heat reactive mug from Out of Print! Registration will begin four weeks before each session.  There will be five free copies of the book for those who register for one, while supplies last.  Please note if you claim a free book and do not attend the discussion session, you will not be allowed to claim a free book in the future.  Books will only be mailed to Delaware addresses. Our books this winter are: December 9:  Babbitt by Sinclair Lews January 13: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury February 10: Beloved by Toni Morrison