Recognizing All the Faces in Our Community

Launching Fall 2018, Read Brave Saint Paul is a citywide, intergenerational reading program set around a common theme relevant to the city. The 2019 Read Brave theme is housing, a critical topic in Saint Paul where thousands of people struggle to afford housing

The city is faced with brave decisions to make about housing in our communities—decisions that start with deep conversations among our residents. When we all read the same books, we all have a common vocabulary, characters, and experience through which to engage in meaningful dialogue around challenging topics.

Read Brave is presented by the Saint Paul Public Library, City of Saint Paul, and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Read Brave Saint Paul is generously sponsored by Bremer Bank.

Inspired by the Read Brave Saint Paul program, Summit Hill Association invites you to participate in a Book Club and Community Discussion beginning in January 2019. During the 4 monthly meetings we will be reading and discussing books which are related to the Read Brave reading program. You don’t need to attend all 4 to participate! Childcare, food and beverage will be provided. Book Club meetings will be held at Linwood Rec Center. Books will be available to borrow, either from SHA or from the public library, or purchase your own and pass them on to others! More information will be available in the print edition of 'The Summit’. We currently have 10 copies of ‘Evicted’ in the office available to borrow. Call ahead @ 651.222.1222 to reserve a copy today. Get started reading over the holiday, then join us for discussions beginning in January.

The books chosen and the dates for each discussion are as follows: 

Tuesday, January 22nd @ 7PM

Evictedby Matthew Desmond 
Poverty and Profit in the American City is a 2016 non-fiction book
by the American author Matthew Desmond. Set in the poorest areas
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the book follows eight families
struggling to pay rent to their landlords around the 2008 financial crisis.

     A community conversation about housing insecurity.


Tuesday, February 19th @ 7PM                                     

White Fragility:Why it’s so hard for white people to
   talk about racism’ 
by Robin DiAngelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions
white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged,
and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

     A community conversation about racism 


 Tuesday, March 12th @ 7PM

Voices of Rondo: Oral Histories of St. Paul’s Historic Black Community’  by Kate Cavett
In Voices of Rondo, real-life stories illuminate the northern urban Black experience during the first half of the twentieth century, through the memories and reflections of
residents of  Saint Paul’s historic Rondo community.

A community conversation about the Rondo neighborhood


Tuesday, April 23rd @ 7PM                                             

 ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is a young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It follows events
in the life of a black 16-year-old girl, Starr Carter, who is drawn to activism
after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend.

A community discussion about the Black Lives Matters Movement


Click to sign up for each individual book club meeting you would like to attend. In your email, indicate if you will need assistance in getting the reading materials and if you will be needing childcare. 

Liz Gibba