Celebrating its 19th year in 2021, One Book, One Philadelphia is a project of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and civic dialogue by encouraging the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book.
Join fellow Jeffersonians as we discuss this year's book, The Tradition by Jericho Brown. Open to all, this virtual conversation on Friday April 16, 2021, 12-1pm, will be facilitated by Dr. Jaymie Orphanidys, Director of Diversity Equity Inclusion Education, in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement.
The Tradition challenges how and why we have become accustomed to terror, from mass shootings to intimate partner violence to racialized violence against Black and brown people.
Challenging fears and beliefs handed down through generations, these powerful poems explore experiences of Blackness, queerness, masculinity, family, spirituality, and the natural world.
Brown invites readers to experience poems like music: not searching for meaning every step of the way in the lyrics, but following along and letting sound and feelings emerge. He invites us to find new ways of thinking, healing, and re-envisioning our world.
Access to the eBook of The Tradition is available through: