Coffee, Pastries, & A Book

Mon 11/6/2023 • 12:30PM - 1:30PM PST

UCLA SEIS Building - Information Studies - Library Room 102


Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OJEDI) and the IS Library, we invite you to join us for “Coffee, Pastries, and a Book”, a quarterly book club discussing James McBrides' latest award-winning novel, the Heaven and Earth Grocery Store. The book club is open to all members of the SE&IS community.

Fall meeting (to discuss Part I: Gone): Monday, November 6th, 12:30PM - 1:30PM in the IS Library (Rm 102, SEIS Building)

Winter meeting (to discuss Part II: Gotten): TBD

Spring meeting (to discuss Part III: The Last Love): TBD

About the book:

In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows. Chicken Hill was where Moshe and Chona Ludlow lived when Moshe integrated his theater and where Chona ran the Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. When the state came looking for a deaf boy to institutionalize him, it was Chona and Nate Timblin, the Black janitor at Moshe’s theater and the unofficial leader of the Black community on Chicken Hill, who worked together to keep the boy safe.

OJEDI is generously providing free copies of the Heaven and Earth Grocery Store to all who would like to participate in the book club. (Books purchased from Malik Books in Culver City).

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