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reading together and supporting activities
for Everybody Reads 2021
Ross Gay's The Book of Delights
The Book of Delights
is a collection of short essays written over the course of one year,
from one birthday to another. Through these meditations on delight, the
author directs our attention to the joys of Botan Rice Candy, a friend’s
unabashed use of air quotes, pickup basketball games, and the
overwhelming beauty of the natural world. While his writing is filled
with joy and light, he also presents a clear-eyed view of the
complexities and terrors of the world, including living in America as a
Black man and losing loved ones. Says Gay of his year-long experiment,
“It didn’t take me long to learn that the discipline or practice of
writing these essays occasioned a kind of delight radar . . . Or maybe
it was more like the development of a delight muscle. Something that
implies that the more you study delight, the more delight there is to
Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry, and the winner of the
2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts
Poetry Award. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread
Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He holds an MFA
in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from Temple
University. He teaches at Indiana University and writes about sports,
music, art and other stuff he loves.
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Join us for Everybody Reads
We will have some copies of the book to share at the Church Library
and we will be hosting conversations on March 16
(note that our February and March plans have been swapped due to the
late arrival of EBR books) in our Reading and Reflection and in early
April (date and time TBA) with a special Parent/Young Adult
Through a shared reading experience, we will discuss issues that matter,
learn from each other and promote greater understanding.
Discuss and learn.
Ross Gay will speak at an online event on
Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6 pm.
Blessings, Pastor Linda
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