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July JEDI Book Club – The Lightmaker’s Manifesto by Karen Walrond @ Online Via Zoom
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cover of the book The Lightmaker's Manifest by Karen Walrond

For our July 2024 JEDI Book Club we will be reading The Lightmaker’s Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy by Karen Walrond. Here is the Goodreads Summary:

“Karen Walrond shines her light so we can find our own.” –Brené Brown Many of us have strong convictions. We want to advocate for causes we care about–but which ones? We want to work for change–but will the emotional toll lead to burn out? Leadership coach, lawyer, photographer, and activist Karen Walrond knows that when you care deeply about the world, light can seem hard to find. But when your activism grows out of your joy–and vice versa–you begin to see light everywhere. In The Lightmaker’s Manifesto , Walrond helps us name the skills, values, and actions that bring us joy; identify the causes that spark our empathy and concern; and then put it all together to change the world. Creative and practical exercises, including journaling, daily intention-setting, and mindful self-compassion, are complemented by lively conversations with activists and thought leaders such as Valarie Kaur, Brené Brown, Tarana Burke, and Zuri Adele. With stories from around the world and wisdom from those leading movements for change, Walrond beckons readers toward lives of integrity, advocacy, conviction, and joy. By unearthing our passions and gifts, we learn how to joyfully advocate for justice, peace, and liberation. We learn how to become makers of light.

August JEDI Book Club – Yellowface by R.F. Kuang @ Online Via Zoom
Aug 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cover of the book Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

For our August 2024 JEDI Book Club we will be reading Yellowface by R.F. Kuang. This wasn’t on our original list but was a late recommendation and gives us a good opportunity to wade back into fiction. Here is the Goodreads Summary:

Athena Liu is a literary darling and June Hayward is literally nobody.

White lies
When Athena dies in a freak accident, June steals her unpublished manuscript and publishes it as her own under the ambiguous name Juniper Song.

Dark humour
But as evidence threatens June’s stolen success, she will discover exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

Deadly consequences…
What happens next is entirely everyone else’s fault.

With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media. R.F. Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable.

About the Author:

Rebecca F. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar, translator, and award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy and Babel: An Arcane History, among others. She has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale.