Own Voices Book Discussion

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Own Voices Book Discussion

The Own Voices Book Discussion group reads books by authors of marginalized or under-represented groups who write about their own experiences and perspectives.

This event is free and open to all; no library card is required. Sign up is required. Sign up online here, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at the library.

Event Details

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki. Thirteen-year-old Benny Oh starts to hear voices after the death of his musician father. The voices belong to the things in his house such as a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices drive him to seek sanctuary in the silence of a large public library, where objects are quieter. There, Benny encounters a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he finds his very own Book, who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that are important.

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Zoom meeting

This event takes place on Zoom. Meeting format allows the group to interact with one another. Cameras are optional. After registration, you will receive an email with a link to join the event.