Reading diversity

A local diversity group is looking to engage the community through reading.
Krystle Wagner
Nov 1, 2013


Next week, residents are encouraged to read and discuss “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher as part of a community book read. It is hosted by Embrace, a grassroots movement that aims to make Northwest Ottawa County a more welcoming community.

The first discussion will review the book's chapters 1-8 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. The second discussion will look at chapters 9-15 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The discussions will take place in Program Room B at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven. Participants must purchase their own book.

Paula Kendra, a member of Embrace, said the event is a way to create conversations about diversity and racial issues in the community, as well as get the group’s name out there.

Throughout the two discussions, participants will identify characters and situations in the book, while looking at similar incidents in the community and ways residents overcame their own issues.

Kendra said the event’s goal is to help people share their perspectives on local issues and find ways to make a change in the community.

“I think we can make a big difference,” she said.

Currently, staff and students at Grand Haven High School are reading the book and having classroom discussions.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Oh wonderful - ""This being Crutcher, the action is fast and furious, the language foul, the victims' stories heart-rending, the climax violent and the themes thought-provoking."
~Chicago Tribune

I have a better idea for reading diversity - how about assigning some of the Classics - The Odyssey, The Iliad, Plato, The Prince, [or maybe the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist (and Anti-Federalist) Papers so there can be some learning about the history of the country, the political struggles to form a nation, the meaning of a Constitutional Republic, the compromises between the sovereign states and the central government necessary to make us a Nation.]


Da**-it, I hate it when I have to agree with you.


Some time ago, I suggested that you should consider joining forces with Loutit Library and offer a seminar on Constitutional studies (was met with crickets) - you are a former teacher, after all, and would be terrific. Break out of your comfort zone and check into it - I'd show up, with a list of questions of course!


That would be way out of my comfort zone - and my expertise - but if the Library started a seminar on the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, and how they are applied in the cloaca of Washington today (Executive and Legislative branches)I would absolutely participate.

Read that as there are many people better qualified to discuss the Constitution than me (MM not), and the community should encourage them to do what you suggested.


Diversity in Grand Haven? Good luck with that.


How about reading a book written by two local authors: Darkness Optional: The Holy Truth, written by Laurie Jacobs and Zak Bagans---truths about God, spirits, the soul, ghosts, and more--you won't find this information any where else.

Chris Crutcher

If you'd like to Skype with the author you can do it free of charge during one go the discussions.


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