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Heart & Hand Book Talk Series

Heart & Hand Book Talk Series

Heart & Hand Book Talk Series 150 150 LA County Library

Heart & Hand
Book Talks

The Heart and Hands Book Talk Series hopes to inspire people to open their hearts and minds by challenging existing perceptions about systemic racism and injustice against people of color. Developed as part of LA County Library’s Equity Initiative, these talks feature discussions on thought-provoking literature as well as conversations with noted authors and speakers. The Heart and Hands Book Talk Series is moderated by Skye Patrick, LA County Library Director.

Upcoming Conversation

Heart & Hand March 2023

Thursday, March 16, 6 pm
Join us for a book discussion you won’t want to miss. Award-winning author, Shonda Buchanan, will discuss her memoir, Black Indian, which has been described as The Joy Luck Club and The Color Purple meets Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony. Unlike these other great works, Black Indian is an inspiring work of non-fiction that explores her family’s legacy of being African Americans with American Indian roots and how they dealt with not only society’s ostracization but also the consequences of this dual inheritance.

Pushcart Prize nominee, Oxfam Ambassador, USC Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities Fellow and City of Los Angeles (COLA) Department of Cultural Affairs Master Artist Fellow, Shonda is the author of five books, including Black Indian. Shonda is also the newest fiction faculty member in Alma College’s MFA Program. Descendant of African nations, Coharie, Choctaw and Eastern Band Cherokee and Europeans, Shonda lives and writes in Los Angeles on Tongva and Chumash lands.
Register Here.

Previous Conversations

Heart and Hand event with Oliver James

Heart & Hand: Destigmatizing Illiteracy with Social Media
Tune in to a pre-recorded conversation with Oliver James, one of the brightest new stars on TikTok’s BookTok platform. His story makes for one of the most uplifting in the literary world: he taught himself to read at the age of 34 by leveraging TikTok. Oliver is also a fitness aficionado and personal trainer who got started on his reading journey while working out, and now he’s set a “modest” goal of reading 100 books this year. We promise you will come away from this talk inspired!
Watch Event Recording Here.

Heart and Hand - Legacy of Bruce's Beach

Heart & Hand: The Legacy of Bruce’s Beach
Tune in for a pre-recorded conversation about the legacy of Bruce’s Beach, and the role of community and media in spreading awareness about social justice issues. Library Director Skye Patrick moderated an insightful conversation between Dr. Alison Rose Jefferson, historian and author of Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites During the Jim Crow Era and Dominique DiPrima, host of First Things First on KBLA TALK 1580. This program also featured a special appearance from Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn, an instrumental leader in the County’s effort to return Bruce’s Beach to its descendants. This live event was recorded on 1/19/22.
Watch event recording here.

Heart and Hand Book Talk Series Cultural Awareness through Food Literacy

Heart & Hand: Cultural Awareness Through Food Literacy
Food can be a great unifier, helping connect people from different backgrounds and exposing us to new cultures and customs. Join Library Director Skye Patrick and Food Ethnographer and Author June Jo Lee for a conversation about food literacy and how it can be used as a tool to help spread awareness on diverse cultures and life experiences.

Lee is the co-author of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award-winning Chef Roy Choi and The Street Food Remix and Sandor Katz and the Tiny Wild, which is set to publish in June 2022. This live event was recorded on 6/7/22.
Watch event recording here.

Heart & Hand Book Talk with Annette Chavez Macias

Heart and Hand Virtual Book Talk: Celebrating Authentic Cultural Representation
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, LA County Library and its Chicano Resource Center host a special edition of the Heart and Hand Virtual Book Talk Series. This month’s program focuses on Celebrating Authentic Cultural Representation and will feature an illuminating conversation between Library Director Skye Patrick and Annette Chavez Macias, Mexican American author of Big Chicas Don’t Cry and Too Soon for Adiós. This live event was recorded on 10/6/22.
Watch event recording here.