Book to Action Keynote: Who has the rights to the story of a place? - Virtual

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Event Details

Join us for a virtual conversation with Associate Professors for English, Dr. Felice Blake and Dr. Stephanie Batiste on storytelling, family history, and the Black experience in America through the book The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom.

This year’s Book to Action Keynote will explore the myriad themes of The Yellow House from both literary and justice perspectives by looking at what it means for the Black subject to speak the self and share that experience and the idea of representing an embodied experience through text. As Broom asks in the book, “Who has the rights to the story of a place?” 

Free community copies of The Yellow House will be available on a first come, first served basis for those who register for this event. Please email to request a copy.

About Dr. Stephanie Batiste:
Dr. Stephanie Leigh Batiste is Associate Professor of English at The University of California at Santa Barbara and Director of the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative. Her research and teaching areas include African American Literature and Culture, Race and Racism, Black Performance Studies, American Studies, Cultural Studies, and U.S. History. Her award-winning book, Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression Era African American Performance (Duke University Press, 2011) focuses on the relationship between power and identity in black theater, film, and dance to reimagine national belonging, race, and modernism. Also a creative writer and performer, she has written three plays: Stacks of Obits, Young Love Found and Lost: Six Poems in a Circle, and Blue Gold & Butterflies

About Dr. Felice Blake:
Dr. Felice Blake is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has published work on racism, culture, and resistance in Al Jazeera, Ethnic and Racial Studies, African American Review, and SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. Dr. Blake is the author of Black Love Black Hate: Intimate Antagonisms in African American literature (Ohio State University Press) and co-editor of Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters (Punctum Books).

This event is part of SBPL's Book to Action programming around the book The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom. The book explores family history, environmental impacts on place and people, racial justice, housing insecurity, and community investment/divestment. We hope you will join and participate in many of SBPL's scheduled Book to Action events. See the full list of Book to Action events HERE.



Book to Action is a grant-funded program through the California Center for the Book that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and multigenerational groups. In 2021, 35 library jurisdictions were selected to create a Book to Action series. Librarians work closely with community partners in engaging community members to read and discuss a book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.


California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Event Type(s): Library Program
Age Group(s): Adults, Teens
Jen Lemberger
(805) 564-5621

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