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What It Is Book Signing: Author Clifford Thompson
February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Mercantile LibraryFree
Photo credit: Clifford Thompson
Spend an evening with Clifford Thompson, innovative author of What It Is book.
The WHAT IT IS book is a collection of essays by author Clifford Thompson, exploring the war between the values he has always held and the reality with which he is confronted as a person of color in twenty-first-century America. Attend a reception and program aimed to bring awareness to this issue.
The Cincinnati book signing for WHAT IT IS: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues is free and open to the public. Go early to enjoy a reception at 6 p.m. Copies of What It Is will be available for sale. Reservations are required via online ticketing, by calling 513-621-0717 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking at Cincinnati Mercantile Library
Parking is available at nearby garages and on the street. The closest garages to the Library are Fountain Square North and South (410 Vine Street). Mabley Place Garage is just a few blocks away, with entrances at 410 Race Street and 28 West 4th Street.
About Cliff Thompson
Thompson’s work has appeared in publications including The Best American Essays 2018, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Threepenny Review, and The Village Voice. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and teaches at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
About the What It Is Book
“It is what it is,” a phrase that commonly signals indifference or resignation, becomes instead for Thompson a call to uncover facts and consider them clearly. Crucially, What It Is suggests how the acceptance of facts as they are can move us beyond the complaint and start us on the path towards action and change. In his inquiries into the experiences that shaped his own beliefs and in his dialogues with others, Thompson thoughtfully challenges received wisdom and teases out contradictions. Those contradictions include Americans’ assumptions about race, social services, policing, and the concept of freedom. Also, he confronts the hard questions raised by the presence of ignorance, denial, and, above all, the problem of indifference.
- February 6
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Event Categories:
- Arts & Entertainment, Free
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- Author Clifford Thompson, Cincinnati Book Signing, Cincinnati Mercantile Library, Mercantile Library, What It Is Book