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I know, February seems a long way off. But for the record: I’ll be reading from “Whatever It Takes” and answering questions at the University of Pennsylvania bookstore in Philadelphia at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24. It’s at 3601 Walnut St.
Today on Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog, notes on “Whatever It Takes,” plus a Q&A with me and Geoffrey Canada.
When I saw this summer that Tough had written a book about Canada, my radar screen lit up like the Fourth of July. And the book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, turns out to be excellent: a well-told distillation of a very complex story, and an admiring but level-headed profile of a remarkable man. Canada’s project, the Harlem Children’s Zone, is an incredibly ambitious attempt to make sure that no child really is left behind in the 97-block neighborhood it serves, working with everyone from expectant parents to hard-to-steer adolescents to foster an entire culture that supports the basic task of educating poor kids and breaking the cycle of generational poverty. As the book shows, the project has had some remarkable successes in its first few years, but they haven’t been uniform or easy.
Also on Monday, Geoffrey Canada and I will be talking about Whatever It Takes and the Harlem Children’s Zone at an event sponsored by HCZ and the Hue-Man Bookstore. Details above.
Sarah Jessica Parker stocks up on her fall reading.
Attention New Yorkers: Next Monday, October 6, at 7 p.m., Geoff Canada and I will be speaking at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square. I’ll read a little from Whatever It Takes, and Geoff and I will both speak, answer questions and sign books. Please come on by and join us.
On Wednesday, October 29, at 7 p.m., I’ll be at McNally Jackson bookstore, at 52 Prince St. in New York, reading from Whatever It Takes and talking about the Harlem Children’s Zone with Sharon Jarvis, Senior Reference Librarian at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The evening is hosted by The Desk Set, a group of young librarians and archivists described in the New York Times as “a hipper crowd of shushers.”
A reminder: Tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. I’ll be reading and discussing Whatever It Takes at the Books Inc. at Opera Plaza in San Francisco. And tomorrow (Wednesday), at 12:30 p.m., I’ll be giving a talk about the book and my reporting in Harlem at the U.C. Berkeley journalism school, an event hosted by Michael Pollan and David Kirp. Please come by!
On Tuesday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m., I’ll be reading and speaking at the Books Inc. in Opera Plaza in San Francisco. Leigh Lehman, the executive director of 826 Valencia, will be appearing with me, and we’ll talk about and compare the approaches of 826 and of the Harlem Children’s Zone. Added bonus: there will be wine and cheese, thanks to the kindness of the folks at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, who are co-sponsoring the event with 826.