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Tuesday, August 20 at 12:00 PM

Read With Us: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Enaj Leotaud

The Athenaeum's Read With Us Book Club is free and open to the public. Discussion is encouraged.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Baldwin's birth.

At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the MountainIt consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.

Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle … all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of literature.

Want to become a Read With Us Host? Email events@philaathenaeum.org

This is a free event.