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Conversations in Race: a 5-part virtual Fireside Adventure with Emmy award winning TV director and award winning author Jeffrey Blount

March 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

Free – $22.00

About the Event

Never before have we hosted a five-part Adventure based on one book. However, award-winning author Jeffrey Blount’s powerful novel, The Emancipation of Evan Walls, has inspired us to do just that.

Our Conversations in Race virtual Fireside Adventure by the Book series, featuring the author in conversation with Adventures by the Book founder Susan McBeth, will focus on five different characters (or sets of characters) who offer a different perspective on race, allowing us a unique opportunity to have a meaningful, educational, and respectful dialogue that opens our minds, our hearts, and our world.

While not necessary to participate in the event, we strongly encourage you to read a copy of The Emancipation of Evan Walls so you have a deeper and richer understanding of the characters and their inherent challenges as we chat live on our virtual stage. We hope you will join us for this important series, and make sure to bring your questions, your open mind, and your heart.

Upcoming Conversations in Race Schedule

SERIES 1: Tuesday, February 15, 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern
SERIES 2: Tuesday, February 22, 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern
SERIES 3: Thursday, March 3, 4:00pm/ Pacific7:00pm Eastern
SERIES 4: Friday, March 11, 4:00pmPacific/7:00pm Eastern
SERIES 5: Tuesday, March 15, 4:00pmPacific/7:00pm Eastern

To join any part of this series on the exciting new storytelling platform, Fireside, simply register for event(s) admission(s) below. You can also purchase a signed copy of The Emancipation of Evan Walls to be shipped directly to you. Prior to the event, we will send you a private VIP link to attend the virtual event. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can be part of the virtual audience to chat live with Jeffrey and Susan. With other devices, you can still listen live to the broadcast.

About the Author and Book

Jeffrey Blount is the award-winning author of three novels — Almost Snow White, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Awards. Hating Heidi Foster, winner of the 2013 Readers Favorite Book Award for young adult literature. The Emancipation of Evan Walls, winner of the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award for African American fiction, winner of the 2019 Readers Favorite Book Award, winner of the 2019 American Bookfest Best Book Award, and a Shelf Unbound 2019 Notable Book.

He is also an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of Meet The Press, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and major special events.

In his book, The Emancipation of Evan Walls, Evan Walls has been married to his wife Izzy for years, yet she knows nothing about half of his life. That part of him he put away long ago and they have lived peacefully alongside the dead spot it has left in their love. However, the birth of their first child changes everything. Evan, fearful of a reincarnation of his childhood in the life of his new daughter, finally finds the courage to tell his wife. Desperate, he hopes that she can help him protect their child.

It is June 1968. The Civil Rights movement is winding down after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. Negroes in the town of Canaan, Virginia has been used to acting the same, thinking the same and sharing in the unadulterated hatred of a common enemy. Evan is ten years old and, in the jargon of the times, young, gifted and black. In the presence of his parents and a summer porch gathering of their friends, he makes a startling declaration. From that moment on, the central question of his life is born. Is he black enough?

Evan has a dream that will turn the sleepy town of Canaan upside down, forcing him to walk the slippery and angry slope between blacks and whites. In time, his dream disintegrates a family, a marriage, countless friendships and a dramatic first love. Only his great-grandmother, Mama Jennie and mentor, Bojack, help him fight to keep his dream alive. And only Izzy can help him come to grips with what he learns from telling his traumatic life story.

About Fireside

We are thrilled to announce that Adventures by the Book has been invited to host a literary series on Fireside which will include book discussions, author talks, book clubs, special presentations, and much more. During the course of WWII, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted a series of “fireside chats” on the radio, as a way to regularly communicate self-assurance and calm during times of despair and uncertainty in our country.

While once a thing of the past, thanks to the brilliant collaboration of billionaire entrepreneur and Shark Tank TV star, Mark Cuban, and Falon Fatemi, former CEO and Founder of Node.ai, Fireside Chats are back, bigger and better than ever, and in a technological format that allows YOU to actively participate!

Fireside Chat is the exclusive, invite-only new podcast platform for the next generation – a socially responsible space for us to come together in real-time to collaborate and create meaningful conversations. Together, we will engage in discussion, debate, and discourse in a public forum and make it a thing of celebration and beauty. We are ready to share our microphone with you and hope you’ll join us as we collaborate in the world’s most dynamic auditorium.



March 15, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Free – $22.00
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