Skype with Author Dashka Slater

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Q&A about hate crimes, gender identity, and mass incarceration

The UW Tacoma Library and the Center for Equity and Inclusion are delighted to announce that we are continuing our collaboration and are bringing another Real Lit[erature] Author Talk to our campus! 

This quarter, all are welcome for a thirty minute Q&A with Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus. The book — based on a true story — has won several awards already, including the Stonewall Book Award

The book traces the stories of Richard and Sasha, whose lives intersect on the 57 Bus in Oakland.  Sasha’s skirt is set on fire, Richard is tried as an adult.  Through the lens of literature, Real Lit has been addressing important themes this quarter, including gender identity, the prison industrial complex, and hate crimes.  We have tried to untangle ourselves from the binaries that pervade our society.

We encourage all campus members to attend this important conversation with Dashka Slater.

Photo of Dashka Slater, Author of The 57 Bus

Where: SNO136
When:  Wednesday, 3/13/2019, 12:30-1:00

Why is a literature based book club important? We envision our collaboration as a thematic reading and discussion program to engage UW Tacoma staff, students and faculty through literature-based outreach on contemporary societal issues.  Based on research that indicates that fiction is able to positively impact displayed empathy (Bal and Veltcamp 2013), we want to raise awareness and discuss the experiences that are being had by our community.  We believe that using a novel to discuss contemporary societal issues allows for hard but necessary conversations to take place.  Joining a book club is also a fantastic way to create community by reducing isolation.

And consider joining us Spring 2019 to discuss mental illness and identity through the lens of Adib Khorram’s novel, Darius the Great is Not Okay. All are welcome. If you are interested, please sign up here.

Written by: 
Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman / March 6, 2019
Photos by: 
Photo courtesy of Dashka Slater
Media contact: 

Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman,