Evanston Reads

Citizen: An American Lyric
February-April 2018

Big Read logo and book coverEvanston Reads centers on the unique, challenging, and engaging book, Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine. Join this shared reading experience to discuss what the New Yorker calls a “book-length poem about race and the imagination.” Connect with the text and other people through book discussions, film screenings, special events, and community activities.

“A classic that will be read, referred to and reflected on for generations” (Lit Hub), Citizen is a genre-bending work of art combining lyric prose with internal monologues, visual art, slogans, photographs, quotes, a screen grab from YouTube, and film scripts. It is a touchstone for talking candidly about racism.

Evanston Reads is a part of the Big Read program. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.