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History Book Festival : Closing Event Tamara Payne in conversation with Peniel E. Joseph
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

History Book Festival Presents Tamara Payne | The Dead Are Arising

In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Tamara Payne, co-author of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, the Non-Fiction Closing event for the 2021 virtual History Book Festival. Peniel E. Joseph will be in conversation with Tamara Payne during the event.

This best-selling, award-winning biography by Les Payne and Tamara Payne is the culmination of nearly 30 years of exhaustive research and hundreds of hours of interviews conducted with then still-living immediate family and contemporaries of the legendary Black leader, Malcolm X. With access to such important figures as Malcolm’s siblings, classmates, former ministers of the Nation of Islam, collaborators, street buddies, and even the men falsely imprisoned for his murder, the book presents a deeply nuanced and unprecedented portrait of how “East Lansing Red” gave way to “Detroit Red” and ultimately begat the icon, “X.”

Prohibited Trivia: Weird Delaware @ Quizzizz
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am

Test your knowledge of “Weird Delaware” in our virtual trivia contest!  Quiz closes Friday, November 12 at 10 AM.

Exploring Your Family History Through Genealogy @ Bear Library
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Those Alluring Accessories @ Delaware City Library
Nov 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
CSI: The Historical Edition @ Bear Library
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Book Club: “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
Dec 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (2016) is the memoir of South African comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah. Noah was born during apartheid to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, a relationship which was punishable by five years in prison.  From a childhood being hidden from the government by his mother who could take him away, to a mischievous and adventurous post-apartheid young adulthood, Noah’s exceptional writing tells the story of the struggle to live in a world where he should have never existed.

Registration is required and will open soon.  Five free copies of the book will be able on a first-come, first-serve basis.  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.


History Book Festival: Born in Blackness by Howard W. French
Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Born in Blackness | Howard W. French

In a book that weaves historical detail with personal reportage, Howard W. French retells the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anchoring of democracy in America, and the fulfillment of so-called Enlightenment ideals all grew out of Europe’s dehumanizing engagement with the “darkest” continent. Born in Blackness retrieves the lives of major African historical figures whose legacies have been downplayed or erased, telling the story of gold, tobacco, sugar, and cotton — and the greatest “commodity” of all, the millions brought in chains to the New World, whose reclaimed histories help explain our present world.

Winter Book Club: “I Am Forbidden” by Anouk Markovits
Jan 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The postman on his bicycle, she envied him, envied his wheels kissing the cobbles, that he knew one language only, one country only, envied his undivided past, undivided from his future.

I Am Forbidden (2012) by Anouk Markovits is a novel following four generations of the Hasidic Stern family from the 1940s to modern day on their journey from Romania to eventually the United States.  The story primarily focuses their daughter Atara and their adopted daughter Mila.  While Mila grows daily stronger in her faith, Atara begins to question her religion as she discovers and learns more of the world around her.  Despite one daughter attempting to live true to her fundamentalist faith and the other grappling with growing doubts, the decisions both sisters make place them in peril of banishment from their community and family.

Registration is required and will open soon. Five free copies of the book will be able on a first-come, first-serve basis. 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.

African Americans and the Civil War @ Online
Jan 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Delaware Trash and Recycling Film and Discussion
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Do you worry that you are throwing away items that could be recycled or recycling things that should be garbage?  Do you wonder what our trash says about us?

We will screen a brief film of a visit to the Cherry Island Landfill and Delaware Recycling Center with Delaware Solid Waste Authority Education Coordinator Stacey Helmer and Environmental Humanities Program Facilitator Lisa Dill. After the film we will discuss the relationship between humans, the environment, and our garbage.  The discussion will be led by Lisa Dill.  Stacey Helmer will also be at the the event to answer your recycling and trash/landfill questions.

If you have time before the program, please watch the DSWA films on how landfills work and an inside look at the recycling facility.  We also suggest reading this.

This is a virtual event. Registration required.