Fall 2018 Books and Authors Series
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​​Fall 2019 Books and Authors Series

A Good time for the truth  
A Good Time for the Truth:​
Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin.

The purpose of a common book is to build campus-wide community through a common intellectual experience, and to engage the wider community in thought and discussion on related issues. We invite you to read the year’s book, join in discussions, and participate in our events.

For more information about the common book program, contact Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr​, Associate Dean of Faculty & Staff Development, Keitha-Gail.Martin-Kerr@saintpaul.edu, 651.846.1538.

Related Materials


Shannon Gibney

“Fear of a Black Mother” w/Shannon Gibney
Thursday, February 21 - 1:30-2:30pm - Saint Paul College Theatre

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator and activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African Diasporic topics. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her novel, Dream Country, is about more than five generations of an African descended family, crisscrossing the Atlantic both voluntarily and involuntarily.


Vanessa Fuentes

“With an “e”” w/Venessa Fuentes
Tuesday, April 9 - 11:00am-12:30pm - Saint Paul College, Room 4310

Venessa Fuentes is a local artist and advocate who, since 1997, has worked in Twin Cities arts, community development, and grant making nonprofits. Recently, she held positions at the Bush Foundation and Jerome Foundation – both in grant making and communications. Venessa is an alum of the inaugural cohort of the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship and is from the Twin Cities arts, queer, and POC communities. Her writing has been anthologized, read at poetry picnics, shared at the dinner table, and turned into public art. Along with her son and her wife, Venessa claims the south side of Minneapolis as Home.

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