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September 22, 2019

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New Mission Impossible A Year of Reading James Baldwin Together
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Mission Impossible at the Evanston Public Library begins its 10th year this September with a supportive, community-centered, yearlong discussion of three novels by James Baldwin: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” (1953),”Giovanni’s Room” (1956) and “Another Country” (1962).

James Baldwin is one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. He broke new literary ground with his exploration of racial and social issues in his many works. He is especially known for his writings on the black gay experience in America at a time when it was rarely mentioned.

Mission Impossible is an annual program sponsored by Evanston Public Library. Over the past decade, hundreds of readers have joined with Library staff to read classic works of literature. Other books read communally through the Mission Impossible program have included: “Don Quixote,” “Ulysses,” “Middlemarch” and “Moby-Dick,” to name a few.

This year’s program begins with a kickoff lecture on Sept. 24 by Dr. E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of African American Studies and Performance Studies, and founder and director of the Black Arts Initiative at Northwestern University.

Dr. Johnson has published widely in the areas of race, class, gender, sexuality and performance. The kickoff event will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Registration is not required to attend the lecture.

Registration for a discussion session will begin at the kickoff ; registration will be available after Sept. 25 online at or by calling the Reader’s Services Desk at 847-448-8620. Copies of the novels will be available at the second floor desk while supplies last.

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