New Fiction Adoptee Book Discussion Series: THE LEAVERS

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Featured Book: The Leavers by Lisa Ko Discussion facilitator Kelly Condit-Shrestha July 14, 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: One morning, Deming Guo’s mother Polly goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. Left with no one to care for him, eleven-year-old Deming is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind. A vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging,The Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away—and how one woman learns to live with the mistakes of her past.g... (Source: http://lisa-ko.com/theleavers)

Local Adoptee Author Bio: Kelly Condit-Shrestha is an adopted Korean American and transnational U.S. historian of migration, childhood, adoption, and critical race. Her research explores children who are placed out, whether for economic or humanitarian rationales, as child migrants operating within transnational social, cultural, and political systems. Her peer-reviewed, public-facing history, and think-piece articles have been published in Adoption & Culture, U.S. History Scene, and Society for the History of Children and Youth. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Adoption and American Empire: Migration, Race-Making and the Child, 1845-1988. (Source: https://kellyconditshrestha.com)

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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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