Join us for our next meetup as we discuss Toni Morrison's "Beloved"!

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Hanes House

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art will host "Banned Books Summer" this May through August. "Banned Books Summer" is a series of informal discussions of novels and memoirs that have, for one reason or another, been banned from public school libraries across the country. SECCA director William Carpenter will lead the discussions, which are free and open to all.

The discussions will examine the topics and themes central to the books. In addition, participants will look at the contexts and reasons for the books being banned. "It's important to ask what book bans say about the social and political climates we live in," said Carpenter. "Do these bans speak to our values or to our fears? Why do so many such bans focus on books that confront race, class, gender, and sexuality?"

For our June meetup, we'll be discussing Toni Morrison's Beloved, an unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner.

Support our local book store by purchasing the book from Bookmarks, available here. Book club members, make sure to mention SECCA's book club when checking out in-store at Bookmarks to get 20% off your book club purchase! For online orders, use discount code "20SECCA".


PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner. This spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.