Revolutionary Reads

What is it?

Revolutionary Reads is an annual community reading and event series from Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries to engage readers, spark dialogue, and inspire ideas that just might change the world.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation and branches’ Friends of the Library groups.

The 2020 guest speaker: Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo headshot  Cover of "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

Join the conversation! FVRLibraries is bringing Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, winner of a 2019 Washington State Book Award and New York Times bestseller, for this year's Revolutionary Reads.

Washington State Center for the Book calls So You Want to Talk About Race “an important work that powerfully illustrates the need to honestly face the lasting, living damage of racism in the United States. With great clarity and empathy, Oluo includes autobiographical and historical scenarios to illustrate cause, effect, and how to move forward. While both young and old need to have the conversation, readers also learn how such conversations can harm people of color when misused for denial or self-justification."

Free copies of the book will be available to pick up at FVRLibrary branches in February (limited supply), with discussion groups in March.

Oluo will speak at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 7 at the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver. This event is free, but tickets are required and will be available in March.