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Welcome to the 2016 MLA Annual Conference! MLA looks forward to celebrating its 125th Anniversary with you.
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Thursday, September 29 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Presidential Panel - One Conference One Book - a Good Time for the Truth

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“What is a true Minnesotan?  In a land defined by Lake Wobegon, the Vikings, Snoopy and Mary Tyler Moore, the ideas of who we are have not caught up to the realities, not by a long shot. This book helps narrow that gap.”  - Wing Young Huie, author of Frogtown and The University Avenue Project.

The library patrons walking through your door are, no doubt, different than the patrons who walked through the same door 30 years ago.  That’s what makes this year’s One Conference One Book selection a timely and vital read.   A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota is a collection of 16 essays from writers who give you the chance to step in someone else’s shoes and help you understand what it is like to be a person of color in Minnesota.

In their exceptionally engaging essays, they invite us to see the world through their eyes. Their world is very different than most of ours and yet their world is still Minnesota! In some ways, it is a challenging read – after all, the subject is provocative – but in other ways, it’s an easy read:  16 self-contained essays, each with a different idea and perspective.  Pick up the book and read a 15-page essay and then go back when you’re ready for another viewpoint.  Whether you read just one or all 16 essays, you’re going to want to talk about what you’ve read – and what is better than the opportunity to talk with the editor, Sun Yung Shin, plus three of the authors: Shannon Gibney, Andrea Jenkins and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria.

Speakers
avatar for Sun Yung Shin, Editor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Sun Yung Shin, Editor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Sun Yung Shin is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, the author of poetry collections Unbearable Splendor; Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (all from Coffee House Press), a co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and the author... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Gibney, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Shannon Gibney, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

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. Her writing appears in numerous anthologies, and in other venues including Al Jazeera America... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Jenkins, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Andrea Jenkins, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Andrea Jenkins is an artist-activist, and award-winning poet and writer. Andrea has been awarded fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and the Playwrights Center and has won writing and performance grants and scholarships from the Givens Foundation, Intermedia Arts... Read More →
avatar for Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria is a writer and spoken word poet of Peruvian heritage heavily involved with Palabristas, a Minnesota based Latin@ poets collective.  He is an MFA student at Hamline University and writes about fatherhood, the duality of two cultures in English, Spanglish... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN