Ta-Nehisi Coates will be In Conversation about his New Softcover ~ We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Ta-Nehisi Coates, New York Times Bestselling and National Book Award-Winning Author of Between the World and Me, will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books about Ta-Nehisi's New Softcover We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.

Coates writes about cultural, social and political issues, particularly regarding the African American experience.  This Event coincides with the Student & Educator Symposium of Race Project KC, organized by Johnson County Library.  The Symposium is an annual immersive social justice initiative focused on the role of racism in the history of the United States and more specifically the Kansas City Area.

Presented in Partnership with Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and the Office of the Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri.  This Event is Presented with Rainy Day Books & Johnson County Library.

Join us for an important, timely, and vital conversation about community, race, and the future of America.

ABOUT TA-NEHISI COATES:  Ta-Nehisi Coates is a Journalist, Blogger, and Memoirist who brings personal reflection and historical scholarship to bear on America's most contested issues.  He is a distin­guished Writer-in-Residence at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.  He is the Author of the Bestselling Books: The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015.  He is also the current aAuthor of the Marvel Comics The Black Panther and Captain America.  Coates was a 2015 MacArthur Fellow.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  In these “urgently relevant essays,”* the National Book Award–Winning Author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s Presidency and its jarring aftermath” —including the Election of Donald Trump.

New York Times Bestseller Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York TimesUSA TodayTimeLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco ChronicleEssenceO: The Oprah MagazineThe WeekKirkus Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South.  In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented Election of a Black President followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the Election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”  But the story of these present-day 8 Years is not just about presidential politics.

This Book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history.  Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a President.

We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates’s iconic Essays first published in The Atlantic, including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” along with 8 fresh Essays that revisit each Year of the Obama Administration through Coates’s own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the Election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama Era.  We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Ta-Nehisi Coates will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books about Ta-Nehisi's New Softcover We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, his life, and his work.  The Presentation will last approximately 1 Hour.

ADMISSION PACKAGE (1 Person):  $18.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes 1 Softcover of We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy and 1 Admission Ticket.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
SKU: TaNehisiCoatesADMIT1

ADMIT 1 PERSON: Includes 1 Softcover of We Were Eight Years in Power and 1 Admission Ticket.

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ISBN: 9780399590573
Availability: Out of Stock, generally 2-3 days to Order your Copy and have it arrive.
Published: One World - October 30th, 2018

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