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Book Club: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
September 11 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The UHM LIS Diversity Council in partnership with the Progressive Librarians Guild (UHM chapter) started an LIS community book club and the entire LIS community in invited to participate! You can read along even if you will be unable to attend the book club meetings, and you are still welcome to attend the book club meetings if you do not have time to read the books.
Our goal is twofold:
1. To use reading, books and discussion to foster the LIS community;
2. To use reading and books as prompts for discussion of pertinent issues related to diversity and social justice.
We will be meeting to discuss our fourth book (YA fiction this time), The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (and we’ll go see it together in theaters when the film comes out in October!): “Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.”