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March Book Club: Immigration Essays

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Join us on Tuesday March 27th at 6:30 for the March Book Club, where we’ll discuss and celebrate local author Sybil Baker’s nonfiction essay collection Immigration Essays. 

When Sybil Baker received a MakeWork grant to write about Chattanooga’s unheard voices, she had no idea that her project would take her from the homes of Chattanooga’s refugees in “Landings” to what Critical Flame calls a “Sebaldian travelogue through the Syrian migration route” in “Reverse Migration.” “Adventures of a Fake Immigrant” and “Schemers”
examine her ambivalent complicity in Chattanooga’s rapid gentrification and the erasure of its historically Black neighborhoods.

From her childhood home near Ferguson, Missouri, to her travels as an expatriate living in Asia, to the troubled cities of Eastern Europe, Baker explores the physical and emotional wanderings of what Mary McCarthy calls “exiles, expatriates, and internal emigres.”

Using photos, literature, and her own family’s slave-owning history, Baker excavates her past as well as Chattanooga’s to try and understand the ghosts that haunt her and the city she inhabits. With a poignancy particularly relevant for these times, the voices in this
collection echo through the text and shine brightly through the dark.


March 27
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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