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Explorations Read-Aloud: “The Salt Eaters” by Toni Cade Bambara

Friday, February 4 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction. This is a program to help keep our community connected to books during the pandemic when we are unable to meet in person.

For February 4, Coté will read aloud from Toni Cade Bambara’s novel The Salt Eaters. Summary: A complex and compelling book, The Salt Eaters is Bambara’s first novel, which won the American Book Award, the Langston Hughes Society Award, and more. The story follows Velma Henry’s healing ceremony—conducted by the healer of the district Minnie Ransom—after an attempted suicide. She is resisting the process, too caught up in her past to accept a way forward. It’s a dense novel, spanning the course of a day, with a huge cast of characters inhabiting a single community. The focus on wellness and how we can achieve it coincides with the 2022 theme of Black History Month 2022, ‘Black Health and Wellness, which acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in medicine but also other ways of knowing (e.g. birth-workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, healers, etc.) throughout the African continent and African diaspora.

Click the links to find the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

Thoughts to share? Book ideas to suggest?
Contact Joseph at friday-explorations@usa.net

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