Book Reading: 'The Song and the Silence: A Story about Family, Race and What was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta while Searching for Booker Wright'
On Monday, May 8, ASU alumna Yvette Johnson,reads from her just-released memoir, "The Song and the Silence: A Story about Family, Race, and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright," published by Simon & Schuster.
The reading at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe begins at 7 p.m. There will be a short presentation, a reading from the book, discussion with the audience, and time for book-signing. Snacks will be provided by Pomegranate Cafe.
The seeds for Johnson's book date back to her undergraduate days at ASU, when she developed a blog about her grandfather Booker Wright as part of a family history writing course in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU's Polytechnic campus.
Today Johnson is a writer, film producer, and speaker. She co-produced the documentary "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. [read the ASU Now story about the documentary]
ASU English professor Duane Roen, dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts and vice provost for the Polytechnic campus, who had the chance to read and comment on a preview copy of Johnson's new memoir, observed: "The Song and the Silence is more than a biography of Booker Wright. It is also a riveting and insightful account of Yvette Johnson’s six-year quest to find out who her grandfather was and how he lived his life. As we accompany Johnson on her trek, we come to appreciate her intellectual and emotional strength, as well as her tireless devotion to family and community as she examines her own life with new understanding. She is a skilled story-teller, bringing history alive with vivid details and powerful narrative techniques."