Bedenbaugh, Robin A.
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In 2016, the citizens of Knoxville, Tennessee, joined in a community reading program called the Big Read. Knoxvillians read Ernest Gaines's book A Lesson Before Dying, and community groups hosted a series of lectures, book discussions, film screenings, and dramatic performances that immersed the community in a five-week conversation on racism.
This book of essays is the University of Tennessee Libraries' contribution to Knoxville's Big Read. The Libraries put out a community-wide call for written responses to A Lesson Before Dying and was richly rewarded with the thoughtful and heartfelt commentaries gathered here.
Newfound Press, University of Tennessee Libraries
African Americans, Southern States -- Race Relations, Racism, Ernest J. Gaines -- Criticism and interpretation.
Civic and Community Engagement | Literature in English, North America
Bedenbaugh, Robin A.; Hutchison, Ralph; Hess, Connor; Canty, André; Porter, Kaya Grace; Adams, Erin; Mashburn, Ginna; Jabson, Jennifer M.; and Byrd, David B., "Toward Justice: Reflections on A Lesson Before Dying" (2017). Newfound Press eBooks. 16.