Following the presidential election, many people of all political persuasions and backgrounds have realized that they have cultural blind spots. Local independent bookstores across the country and this region have seized upon that realization to create reading lists and offer safe spaces for conversations about topics that can be contentious. We consider the role that reading, both fiction and non-fiction, plays in expanding people’s points of view.


  • Dana Williams Professor and Chair, Department of English, Howard University
  • Paul Ruppert Owner, Petworth Citizen, Upshur St. Books, Slim's Diner; Partner, Room 11

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