Big Class will host a publication party for History Between These Folds, a collection of personal narratives written by 11th-graders at George Washington Carver High School, at 10:30am on Tuesday, May 23, at Cafe Istanbul NOLA (2372 St. Claude Avenue).
From the Carver Editorial Board:
“Through this journey we learned we all have different voices, but we came together for one goal: to let people hear our stories and to tell the world about us. Yes, we are in New Orleans, but we are more than the stereotypes that come to mind when you think of The Big Easy. We are rare and powerful. Through this book we will make you laugh, we will make you cry, and we will challenge the ideas you may have had about us. Everyone should read it. Our personal histories are American history.”
From the Foreword by Kiese Laymon:
“I’ve read the essays in this book at least ten times each, not because I have to, but because I don’t think there is another book like it in the world. The really terrifying thing is that I need this book even more now than I needed it as an 11th grader. If every American book published in 2018 were written to the eleventh graders at Carver High School in New Orleans, the world would be less violent. If every American book published in 2018 were written by eleventh graders in New Orleans, the world would be more loving.”