Washtenaw Reads Author Event | Michelle Kuo

Event Details

Date(s) - 01/16/2019
Cost: Free


Rackham Auditorium
Region: University of Michigan
915 E. Washington St, Ann Arbor

Event Description

Recently graduated from Harvard University, Michelle Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas as a Teach for America volunteer  bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America  still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants  shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable literary and personal awakening. In her time spent reading with Patrick, Michelle is herself transformed  contending with the legacy of racism and the questions of what constitutes a “good” life and what the privileged owe to those with bleaker prospects. This event features a reading from the author followed by a Q & A and a book signing. Books will be for sale. MICHELLE KUO taught English at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta for two years. After teaching  she attended Harvard Law School as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow  and worked at a nonprofit for undocumented immigrants in the Fruitvale district of Oakland  California on a Skadden Fellowship  with a focus on tenants’ and workers’ rights. She also clerked for a federal appeals court judge in the Ninth Circuit. This event is part of the 2019 Washtenaw Read. The Washtenaw Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Participating libraries include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline, and Ypsilanti. For more information about Washtenaw Reads and previous years’ reads  go to wread.org.

For grades 9-adult

Contact Information
  • Event Website: https://aadl.org/node/383198
  • Organizer: Ann Arbor District Library
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