On Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. EDT, APHA’s “Annual Meeting Book Club” will merge old school and new school.
Public health literati are converging on Facebook to discuss a classic hardback, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Questions will be posted to APHA’s Facebook wall during the hour-long chat, allowing for response from those following along.
The club, founded in advance of the 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, offers “the opportunity to connect with other APHA attendees as we explore themes of public health before we convene in New Orleans.” Wilkerson is giving a keynote speech at this year’s Opening General Session on Sunday, Nov. 16.
“We’re really excited about doing this book club,” said Natalie Sorkin, a book club member and APHA’s assistant director of convention services. “I’m in the middle of reading the book now and can’t wait to discuss with others. It’s going to be a fun experience.”
The book depicts the stories of roughly 6 million black Americans starting in the 1910s who left the southern U.S. for better lives in the north. In advance of the chat, APHA suggests questions for discussion on Wilkerson’s official reading group guide.