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The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy--A Conversation with Julia McKenzie Munemo and E.R. Anderson

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes author Julia McKenzie Munemo for a conversation with Charis Circle Executive Director, E.R. Anderson about Munemo's timely memoir, The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy. Decades after Julia McKenzie Munemo’s father committed suicide, she learned that he made his living writing interracial pornography under pseudonym. She hid the stack of his old paperbacks from her Zimbabwean husband, their mixed-race children, and herself before realizing her obligation to understand her racial legacy. What, The Book Keeper asks, can racial progress possibly look like in a country where white liberals so willingly put on blinders every day? And how can she, as a mother of two black boys, ever make the world safer for her children, when so many white people refuse to look at their own family stories and legacies? In tracing her own journey from reckoning with to ownership of her family’s past,  Munemo uses her uniquely and deeply felt personal story to bring larger cultural and historic threads to light with nuance and resonance. 

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don't hesitate to reach out to info@chariscircle.org. We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.

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Julia McKenzie Munemo works as the interim director of the Williams College Writing Center and as a writer for the Williams College Magazine. She teaches courses in creative nonfiction, including an undergraduate workshop for Williams’ Winter Study. The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy is her first book.

Executive Director, Errol "E.R." Anderson (pronouns: they/them or he/him) manages the programming, fiscal, and daily operations of Charis Circle, and is always interested in the ways our communities can share skills and resources. A native Atlantan, E.R. came to Charis as one of the founding members of the Young Writer's Group in 1997, and has enjoyed helping build connections between communities of activists, artists, and academics in this city ever since. 

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The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780804012218
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Published: Swallow Press - January 14th, 2020

“A fiercely felt memoir about family shame and the transformative power of love even as it’s also an ongoing meditation on privilege and race in twenty-first-century America.


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes author Julia McKenzie Munemo for a conversation with Charis Circle Executive Director, E.R. Anderson about Munemo's timely memoir, The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy.