Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020
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Sunday, October 25, 2020

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Memoir: Race and Identity [pre-recorded]
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Issac J. Bailey
Issac J. Bailey
Why Didn't We Riot?
E. Dolores Johnson
E. Dolores Johnson
Say I'm Dead
Sejal Shah
Sejal Shah
This Is One Way to Dance

This session explores how race, or more specifically how being nonwhite in America, has formed the identities and lives of our three memoirists. Sejal Shah, in her meditative memoir in essays, This Is One Way to Dance, explores how we are all marked by culture, language, family, and place. In her moving memoir, Say I’m Dead, E. Dolores Johnson tells the astonishing story of her black father and white mother’s flight from Indiana’s antimiscegenation laws to Buffalo, where they married in the 1940s and raised her and her siblings. Journalist Issac Bailey, author of My Brother Moochie and Why Didn’t We Riot? calls out the myth that whites where he lives, in Trumpland, support Trump because of economic distress rather than racism. Listen in to this powerful and timely set of conversations, hosted by Paris Alston, producer for Radio Boston at WBUR.