They did what human beings looking for freedom, throughout history, have often done.
Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, will be at the Central Public Library to talk about her book, which has garnered an impressive list of awards including the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the 2011 Lynton History Prize from Harvard and Columbia universities, and the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction among others. The work was named by The New York Times as one of the Best Books of the Year (2010) and Notable Books of the Year (Nonfiction, 2010), and got even more notice when President Barack Obama chose The Warmth of Other Suns for his summer reading on Martha’s Vineyard in 2011.
In recent news, the Chicago Public Library has chosen The Warmth of Other Suns for the “One Book, One Chicago” program in 2013 and 2014.
Wilkerson is a Pulitzer Prize winner who has devoted 15 years into the writing of book. She conducted more than 1,200 interviews and researched archival works to put together the epic story of one of the largest migrations in American history. Traditionally, black migration is associated with poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and welfare dependency, but The Warmth of Other Suns recasts them in the same light as the European immigrants who arrived in America between the late 1800s and early 1900s: educated and socially stable people who worked to build a better life for themselves and the nation.
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