October 3: One Minneapolis, One Read

I’m excited to announce One Minneapolis, One Read, in which all of Minneapolis will read the same book — “The Grace of Silence” by National Public Radio host and Minneapolis native Michele Norris — and to invite you to a conversation with author Michele Norris on October 3 at the Guthrie Theater.

In “The Grace of Silence,” Michele describes the Norrises’ experience as the first black family on their block in South Minneapolis.  The book will spark many conversations about the complexities of race, family, and neighborhood history.

Minnesota Public Radio host Kerri Miller will lead the conversation with Michele Norris at 7:00 p.m. at the Guthrie Theater on Monday, October 3. Tickets to the event are only $10 for general admission and only $5 for seniors, students and people with limited income. I expect the event to be lively, thought-provoking, not to mention packed: so call the Guthrie at (612) 377-2224 or go here to get your tickets today!

The inspiration for One Minneapolis, One Read came from a group of Minneapolis residents who began meeting after conversation about a proposed dog park highlighted a racial divide in the community. One of the core leaders in this effort, called Building Bridges, is Michele Norris’ aunt Doris Christopher. 

I also want to acknowledge and thank the Minneapolis Foundation for their support of One Minneapolis, One Read.

You can find the One Minneapolis, One Read event schedule, information and resources at www.OneMinneapolisOneRead.com.  And please follow One Minneapolis, One Read on Facebook and Twitter.

Reading and discussing together a powerful story about our city’s history is a very exciting project. I hope you will join us as we read “The Grace of Silence” together and talk about it with Michele Norris on Monday, October 3.


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