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June 17, 2020 

One Book | One Minnesota invites Minnesotans to read a common title and come together to reflect and discuss. The summer title for the program is A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin and published in 2016 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.


Editor Sun Yung Shin writes in the book's introduction: “These essays…are intended to enlarge our understanding of, and deepen our connections to, one another. These writers are here to feed our spirits, if we let them. We can read their stories and leave each one with a deeper, more complex understanding of how race and culture are lived in Minnesota – and better prepared for the conversations and changes ahead.”

During the summer months, you are invited to take part in reading together. A statewide virtual discussion with the book's editor, Sun Yung Shin, will be held in August. Readers can access the digital version of A Good Time for Truth for free on Ebooks Minnesota for ten weeks, until August 23.

Additional resources:

Scheduled events:

  • Social Justice Book Club Discussion of A Good Time for the Truth, Fergus Falls Public Library via Zoom, Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. 

  • Statewide virtual discussion with editor Sun Yung Shin, August, date tbd--stay tuned.

  • Continue to watch this page for additional opportunities for conversation and discussion around this title.

One Book | One Minnesota is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services. Program partners also include the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators, Minitex (a joint program of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education), the Minnesota Department of Education, and Minnesota Historical Society Press. This program is made possible in part by the State of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota Center for the Book through the Minnesota Department of Education.

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