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Washtenaw Reads Author Event | Michelle Kuo

When: Wednesday January 16, 2019: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Rackham Auditorium (915 E Washington St)

For Whom: Grade 9 - Adult


Recently graduated from Harvard University, Michelle Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, as a Teach for America volunteer, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America, still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable literary and personal awakening. In her time reading with Patrick, Michelle is herself transformed, contending with the legacy of racism and the questions of what constitutes a “good” life and what the privileged owe to those with bleaker prospects. This event features a reading from the author followed by a Q & A and a book signing. Books will be for sale.

MICHELLE KUO taught English at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta for two years. After teaching, she attended Harvard Law School as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and worked at a nonprofit for undocumented immigrants in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California on a Skadden Fellowship, with a focus on tenants' and workers' rights. She also clerked for a federal appeals court judge in the Ninth Circuit.


Other Washtenaw Reads events:


Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7:30pm-8:30pm: Reading with Patrick Discussion with Reading Glasses Book Club at the Chelsea District Library--McKune Room

Copies available at the Chelsea checkout desk.  

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 7:00pm-8:00pm: ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy at the Chelsea District Library--McKune Room

Registration required.

Would you like to help an adult learn to read, write, or communicate in English? The first step to becoming a volunteer tutor with Washtenaw Literacy is to attend a one-hour informational session, the ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy. This engaging session provides interested folks with all the information they need to get involved. Registration information will be shared with WLC. In partnership with Washtenaw Literacy Council

Monday, January 21, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm: MLK Day Film Screening of A Raisin in the Sun at the Chelsea District Library--McKune Room

Registration required.

Join us for a showing of the 2008 film adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun. Originally written by Lorraine Hansberry, it was one of the first plays written by an African American to be performed on Broadway, and it is featured in this year’s Washtenaw Reads book, Reading with Patrick.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 7:00pm-8:00pm: Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion at the Ann Arbor District Library--Downtown

Join AADL staff and community members for a discussion of the 2019 Washtenaw Reads title, Reading With Patrick, by Michelle Kuo.