Michele Norris with Charles Booker at the Louisville Free Public Library discusses Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity

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Friday, February 16, 2024 - 7:00pm
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

Carmichael's Bookstore in partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library is excited to be hosting MICHELE NORRIS for her new book Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity. She will be joined in conversation by CHARLES BOOKER Special thanks to our media sponsor WFPL.

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The event will be held at the Louisville Free Public Library main branch. Register here.

 

About the book: 

Peabody Award–winning journalist Michele Norris offers a transformative dialogue on race and identity in America, unearthed through her decade-long work at The Race Card Project.

The prompt seemed simple: Race. Your Thoughts. Six Words. Please Send.

The answers, though, have been challenging and complicated. In the twelve years since award-winning journalist Michele Norris first posed that question, over half a million people have submitted their stories to The Race Card Project inbox. The stories are shocking in their depth and candor, spanning the full spectrum of race, ethnicity, identity, and class. Even at just six words, the micro-essays can pack quite a punch, revealing, fear, pain, triumph, and sometimes humor. Responses such as: You’re Pretty for a Black girl. White privilege, enjoy it, earned it. Lady, I don’t want your purse. My ancestors massacred Indians near here. Urban living has made me racist. I’m only Asian when it’s convenient.

Many go even further than just six words, submitting backstories, photos, and heirlooms: a collection much like a scrapbook of American candor you rarely get to see. Our Hidden Conversations is a unique compilation of stories, richly reported essays, and photographs providing a window into America during a tumultuous era. This powerful book offers an honest, if sometimes uncomfortable, conversation about race and identity, permitting us to eavesdrop on deep-seated thoughts, private discussions, and long submerged memories.

The breadth of this work came as a surprise to Norris. For most of the twelve years she has collected these stories, many were submitted by white respondents. This unexpected panorama provides a rare 360-degree view of how Americans see themselves and one another.

Our Hidden Conversations reminds us that even during times of great division, honesty, grace, and a willing ear can provide a bridge toward empathy and maybe even understanding.

 

About the authors:

Michele Norris is one of America’s most trusted voices in journalism, earning several honors over a long career, including Peabody, Emmy, Dupont, and Goldsmith awards. She is a columnist for The Washington Post Opinion Section, the host of the Audible Original Podcast, Your Mama’s Kitchen, and from and from 2002 to 2012 she was a cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered. Norris is also the founding director of The Race Card Project, a Peabody Award–winning narrative archive where people around the world share their reflections on identity—in just six words. Her first book, The Grace of Silence, was named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco ChronicleThe Christian Science Monitor, and The Kansas City Star. Before joining NPR, Norris spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News covering politics, policy, and the dynamics of social change. Early in her career, she also worked as a staff writer for The Washington PostChicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

Charles Booker is a lifelong Kentuckian, born and raised in the West End of Louisville where he and his wife Tanesha have raised their 3 daughters. After earning his B.S. and JD from the University of Louisville, Charles went on to dedicate his life to public service. He has fought for equity and justice in every level of government, including being elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2018 as the youngest Black Kentucky state legislator in nearly 90 years. As a legislator, Charles fought for issues such as common-sense gun safety, lower prescription drug prices, voting rights, racial equity, criminal justice reform, environmental justice, worker's rights, fairness and human rights for all. Charles rose to national prominence in 2020, following an improbable, people-powered run in the Kentucky U.S. Senate Democratic Primary. In 2022, Charles led his historic grassroots movement in another run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Black Kentuckian to receive a major party nomination for the office. Charles is a published author of the noted memoir “From the Hood to the Holler,” and featured in the award-winning documentary of the same name. Building on his vision of empowering voices in all marginalized communities, Charles founded Hood to the Holler, a people-centered organization focused on building coalitions across urban and rural divides to strengthen democracy and end generational poverty. Charles is continuing his service by leading organizing and coalition efforts as Kentucky State Director of Faith Based & Community Initiatives in the office of the Governor.

Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity By Michele Norris Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781982154394
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2024

Peabody Award–winning journalist Michele Norris offers a transformative dialogue on race and identity in America, unearthed through her decade-long work at The Race Card Project.

The prompt seemed simple: Race. Your Thoughts. Six Words. Please Send.

The answers, though, have been challenging and complicated.


From the Hood to the Holler: A Story of Separate Worlds, Shared Dreams, and the Fight for America's Future By Charles Booker Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593240342
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Published: Crown - April 26th, 2022

Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker tells the improbable story of his journey from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country to a political career forging new alliances among forgotten communities across the New South and beyond.


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Carmichael's Bookstore in partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library is excited to be hosting MICHELE NORRIS in conversation with CHARLES BOOKER for her new book Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity.