Tuesday Morning Booktalks: A benefit for Odyssey

This spring, join book discussions and meet Odyssey students and staff! . . . .all TMB Booktalks this spring will continue to be held over Zoom (see below for the Zoom link). Scroll down for more information and a schedule of which books will be covered during each session. Check with emily.auerbach@wisc.edu for updates.

Tuesday Morning Booktalks (TMB) is a UW-Madison outreach class led by Odyssey Co-Director/Founder Emily Auerbach for over three decades at the Madison Public Library. Online TMB discussions began in the summer of 2020 during the pandemic and following the death of George Floyd. As a way not only to increase multicultural understanding but also to take action, we made the decision to focus this year on works by Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color and to offer the program free as a benefit for the UW Odyssey Project. Money raised from discussions in 2020 and 2021 has already helped more families of color break a cycle of generational poverty, find their voices, and pursue their educational dreams. Together in the summer and fall of 2020 and 2021, Emily, Odyssey students, and community members discussed Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage, Tommy Orange’s There There, Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys, John Lewis’s Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom, Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground, and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Books change lives. Keep reading for 2022 book choices.

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What: In-depth book discussions for Odyssey students, alumni, and supporters

When: Last Tuesday of every month from 10-11 AM, log on as early as 9:45 AM (February 22, 2022; March 22, 2022; April 26, 2022)

Zoom link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/93058123662?pwd=OVFWRm0xZ0NRWnFMVmhKSWp1THdjZz09
Meeting ID: 930 5812 3662
Passcode: TMB2022

Cost: All classes are free but with the hope that participants will donate to the UW Odyssey Project.

Registration: Please register here if you’d like to attend or if you’d like future emails about this event.

Schedule for Spring 2022

February 22: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Written in lyrical prose by acclaimed poet and novelist Jacqueline Woodson, Red at the Bone explores two families facing the demands of teen pregnancy and the collision of personal dreams and the demands of parenthood. Ranging in time from the Tulsa massacre of 1921 to the fall of the Twin Towers, Red at the Bone offers what a New York Times reviewer calls “urgent, vital insights into questions of class, gender, race, history, queerness and sex in America.”

March 22: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

In this second novel by American novelist Celeste Ng, whose parents emigrated from Hong Kong, the rule-oriented town of Shaker Heights, Ohio comes under scrutiny when a mysterious single mother and her daughter move into a rental property. One family’s decision to adopt a Chinese-American baby also triggers division in the community. Ng writes, “Many adoptions today are transracial, which raises really complicated questions about how we handle and talk about race—and racial bias—in America.”

April 26: The Measure of Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier

To honor the recent passing of Hollywood legend and Civil Rights activist Sidney Poitier, we explore his spiritual autobiography The Measure of a Man. Poitier describes his background in the Bahamas and the values his parents instilled in him that remained with him throughout his rise to fame.