The Education Trust in Washington recently chose The Book of Isaias for its in-house book club, and I got to chat with the group through video conference. What an experience! It was so much fun to connect with this super-informed group of readers.
I was especially honored that among the people in the audience was John B. King, who had served as U.S. Secretary of Education during the administration of President Obama. (He’s at the right front in the photo above.) Thank you to Robin V. Harris for setting up the event.
Closer to home, I recently gave a talk to the book club organized by Muddy’s Book Shop in Memphis. Among the people in attendance was Patricia Henderson, a college counselor who’s portrayed in the book. I was happy to reconnect with her, swap old stories, and to meet readers who care about Isaias and the people around him. Just like the group in Washington, these readers had informed, intelligent questions and comments and it was a pleasure to interact with them. Thank you to Kat Gordon for organizing.
The Book of Isaias is an excellent choice for book clubs. It’s timely, it’s a fast read, and people learn so much not just about immigration, but about life in America today. So if you’d like me to speak to your book club in person or by way of video chat, just reach out to me via my contact page.