Author David Mura will speak in a free book launch event of his new book The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives on Wednesday, February 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul.
The book, available after January 31 from the University of Minnesota Press, uncovers pernicious narratives white people have created to justify white supremacy and sustain racist oppression.
From the country’s founding through the summer of Black Lives Matter in 2020, Mura unmasks how white stories about race attempt to erase the brutality of the past and underpin systemic racism in the present. The author explains racial narratives to dissolve the myth of whiteness and acknowledge the experiences of Black Americans.
Following a reading, best-selling author Alexs Pate will join Mura for a discussion on race, history, and education. A book signing will follow the talk. The event is open to the public and will include a moderated discussion with the author.
The Minnesota Humanities Center will offer a limited number of complimentary copies to event attendees and the University of Minnesota Press will have additional copies for purchase. The event is co-sponsored by the two organizations, and is part of the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Minnesota Writers Series, which amplifies the works of Minnesota authors about the human experience.