New Fiction Adoptee Book Discussion Series: ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW

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All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung Discussion Facilitated by Shannon Gibney April 28, 2019 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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This book discussion is part of a series that Network of Politicized Adoptees is hosting that centers transracial and/or transnational adoption.

In an effort to create a safer space and to foster open conversations around transracial and transnational adoption, our space will be adoptee-of-color-only.

Book Description: What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them? Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth... (Source: https://nicolechung.net/)

Local Adoptee Author Bio: Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis College, where she teaches writing. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her critically-acclaimed new novel, Dream Country, is about more than five generations of an African descended family, crisscrossing the Atlantic both voluntarily and involuntarily (Dutton, 2018). In October 2019, University of Minnesota Press will release What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color, which she co-edited with writer Kao Kalia Yang.(Source: https://shannongibney.com/) Photo of Shannon by Kristine Heykants.

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Registration: We will cap each book discussion to 20 people in order to accomodate for space and discussion. If we reach our capacity for an event, you will be added to a waitlist and prioritized for one of our future discussions.

Location: South Minneapolis (specific address will be sent to registrants)

Cost: Free

Where to Find Book: Books can be borrowed from your local library (or friend!) or purchased from a local bookstore. NPA especially supports local bookstores like Moon Palace Books. In support for our work, Moon Palace Books is offering a 20% discount on any of the books in this discussion series.

Refreshments: We will offer coffee and light refreshments.

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About the Book Discussion Series: NPA is proud to be hosting a series of book discussions that centers transracial and/or transnational adoption. Each monthly discussion spotlights a distinct, contemporary book and various local transracial adoptee authors to facilitate. These chosen books feature major adoptee characters and/or have strong adoption themes. Our curated selection of books have been highly anticipated and received positive attention with a wide readership. Our interest in these types of books derives from their power to inform people about the lives of adoptees through a character or theme, from multiple perspectives and portrayals. Ultimately, our chosen books illustrate the complexity of the adoption narrative. We are also honored to lean on our amazing Twin Cities community assets by inviting local transracial adoptee authors to help spark these book discussions.

About NPA: Network of Politicized Adoptees (NPA) is comprised of transracial transnational adoptees representing a variety of countries of origin and professional backgrounds working in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Our mission is to strengthen, cultivate, and improve the lives of adoptees by building community power. Through solution-focused action, we advance adoptee justice by telling our own stories and collectively working towards systemic change within adoption. Our work has included forums, storytelling events, classes, conference presentations and support for others working toward social change. NPA's vision is that all adoptees feel empowered and have access to history, knowledge, fair policy, records, and positive health & relationships.

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