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You Can Keep That to Yourself

Adam Smyer

Warwick’s presents
Adam Smyer
in conversation with Lisa Deaderick

You Can Keep That to Yourself

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:00pm PDT

You Can Keep That to Yourself
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This is a virtual event on Facebook Live.

On Wednesday, October 7th at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host Adam Smyer as he discusses his new book, You Can Keep That to Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor, in conversation with Lisa Deaderick. Adam Smyer is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. His nonfiction has appeared in the Johannesburg Review of Books, and his debut novel, Knucklehead, was the sole title short-listed for the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Smyer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and cats.

Check out a book trailer/PSA HERE!

Greetings, well-intentioned person of pallor.

Your good intentions used to be enough. But in these diverse and divisive times, some people would hold you accountable for your actions. You were not raised for such unfairness. You need help. And help you now have.

Let Daquan—that black coworker you are referring to when you claim to have black friends—help you navigate perilous small talk with African Americans with this handy field guide. This portable bit of emotional labor puts at your fingertips a tabbed and alphabetized list of things not to say to black people. Finally!

How to use: Keep this handbook close. Whenever you are confronted with an African American and you feel compelled to blurt out an observation about her hair or to liken your Tesla lease to slavery, ask for a moment to consult this reference. She’ll wait. If the keen insight you want to share is listed herein, You Can Keep That to Yourself. It truly is that easy!

Lisa Deaderick is a columnist with The San Diego Union-Tribune, where she writes about social justice issues in her Sunday column, as well as influential San Diegans for the One-on-One series that runs each Saturday. Each week, she’s speaking with community activists, academics, volunteers, and other knowledgeable individuals about everything from the benefits of music in education and the creative work of notable artists, to understanding the importance of representation and inclusiveness. A Chula Vista native, Lisa graduated from Bethune-Cookman University in Florida and Columbia University in New York, and has worked at the Union-Tribune since 2008.

You Can Keep That to Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617758966
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Please contact store to confirm availability)
Published: Akashic Books - September 1st, 2020