Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Erin Aubry Kaplan in Conversation at the Southern California Library

The Southern California Library will host a “Conversation” with Erin Aubry Kaplan on her new book, Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line, and viewing from SCL’s collections of the lived histories of Black L.A.

“Black folks in every place and station are intimately connected by history, experience, and socialization, whether we want to admit to that or not…I wanted to describe how all the ongoing battles for equality and acceptance, from affirmative action to public school and police reform, have influenced who we are, what we expect from the world, how we shop for shoes, how we operate daily in this social experiment called America.”

Date and Time: Weds., Nov. 9, 12:00 noon.
Southern California Library
6120 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044
For more information, click here to reach the SCL’s website.
Admission is free but guests are asked to RSVP by calling  (323) 759-6063, x15

1 comment:

  1. Follow up to the interview:
    Describes her book - “It’s really what I call a greatest hits,” laughs Kaplan. “The story, I guess, if there is a story, of this book is to chart the history of black LA.”

    “Issues are a big wall,” she begins (pronouncing the word ‘issues’ as if it has a capital ‘I’). “We’ve all read newspaper stories about how we’re not doing stuff right. The statistics just keep coming. The progress [in South Los Angeles] has been stunted — at best. So what I did was put myself in the position of storyteller and just said, ‘What’s going on? Why aren’t things moving ahead?’ Because it’s affecting me personally.”
    Read about the interview at


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