“The Best of Enemies” Book Discussion

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February 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nordlof Center, 2nd floor
118 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61101

Now that we’re settled in to our interim main library (214 N. Church, the Hart Interim Library), let me tell you about major upcoming free events sponsored by RPL in partnership with Artists Ensemble Theater!  There will be a book & play script discussion on 2/27, Page to Stage presentation on 3/5, the play itself from 3/8 – 3/18, and World Café-style discussions of the powerful themes on 3/21 and 3/28. 

The play is “Best of Enemies,” based on the nonfiction book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, by Osha Gray Davidson. The book provides thoughtful insights into the historical background of Durham, North Carolina, the civil rights movement, and the Ku Klux Klan – setting the stage for an unlikely friendship that developed in the ‘60s between a KKK leader and an African American civil rights activist and single mother, initially as part of meetings on school desegregation.
Join us Tuesday evening, February 27, 7:00-9:00 pm (over coffee & snacks) at the Nordlof Center (118 N. Main St., 2nd floor), as we discuss the book The Best of Enemies and play script. You can check out the book from RPL (we have 20 copies), and you can borrow a copy of the 45-page play from me at RPL (returning on the honor system, Zoe Norwood).  Please register to attend, in www.rplexplorer.org, or by phone to RPL, or emailing me. Come join us!
On Monday, March 5, 6:30-7:30 pm in the Friends Community Room at the East Branch, come to hear a lively presentation by Richard Raether and others with Artists Ensemble, taking you behind the scenes of “Best of Enemies” and how Artists Ensemble prepared for it.  No registration is required.
Now you’ll want to go and see the play, put on by AE from 3/8 to 3/18!  See www.artistsensemble.org. 
After the play completes its run, I’m excited to invite you to World Café-style discussions of important themes raised by it, facilitated by Ellyn Ahmer and Daniel Sommer of “815 Choose Civility”, in the Nordlof Center 2nd floor. You can come on Wednesday, March 21 or Wednesday, March 28, 7:00-9:00 pm.  Issues arise from seeing the strong friendship forged between C.K. Ellis and Ann Atwater through direct conversation, overcoming racial divisions and facing class-based fears. Registration will open soon for these discussions. 

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