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One Maryland One Book Discussion: The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

Come join us to discuss The Book of Delights by Ross Gay. Get your free copy at the Waverly Branch while supplies last. 

The Book of Delights is the 2021 choice for One Maryland One BookOne Maryland One Book is a program of Maryland Humanities.

What if everyone read one book at the same time? People in communities across Maryland are reading and discussing The Book of Delights. Check it out, read it, and join in a discussion.

In The Book of Delights, one of today’s most original literary voices offers up a genre-defying volume of lyric essays written over one tumultuous year. The first nonfiction book from award-winning poet Ross Gay is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Among Gay’s funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend’s unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an airplane, the silent nod of acknowledgment between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than anything else, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world—his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis. 

The Book of Delights is about our shared bonds, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. These remarkable pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight. 

Check out the print, audio, or digital book from the library catalog.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

400 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Event Type

Book Discussions, One Maryland One Book

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Programs For Adults

Event Publisher

Emily Levine, Manager of Adult Services

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