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Voices from the Margins Book Discussion: Black Dog of Fate
March 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
As part of our nation’s continuing conversation about the American Experience and the narratives that have shaped us, and to continue the dialogue begun at our library, Scotch Plains Public Library and grant partners offer Voices from the Margins: Connecting our Stories. This series will run from October 2016 through June 2017.
Throughout this series, participants will view films, a play, and museum exhibits, and discuss books, all works chosen for the ways they portray belonging and otherness, community and marginalization. Events are held at the Scotch Plains Public Library unless otherwise stated. Click here to register for the entire series.
Black Dog of Fate by Peter Balakian is set in the affluent New Jersey suburbs, where Balakian, the first-born son of his generation grew up in a close, extended family, and was immersed in the ideal of a 1950s and 60s all-American boyhood defined by rock ‘n roll, the New York Yankees, and adolescent pranks. But, beneath this sunny world lay the dark specter of the trauma his family and ancestors had experienced–the Turkish government’s extermination of more than a million Armenians in 1915, including many of Balakian’s relatives–in the century’s first genocide.
Our discussion will be led by Nelly Segal and Adreinne McOmber of Chhange.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Friends of Scotch Plains Public Library.
This series was made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.