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28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards

Shannon Gibney
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Congratulations to Shannon Gibney, MCTC English department faculty, in receiving the nomination as a finalist in the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. Gibney’s debut work, See No Color, was nominated in the Young People’s Literature category. The book examines transracial adoption and the journey of one adolescent to self-identity. Finalists for each category will be announced Saturday, April 16th, at St. Paul’s Union Depot at 8:00 p.m. Tickets and event information is online at http://thefriends.org or calling 651-222-3242.

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, and activist in Minneapolis. See No Color is her first book, although her creative and critical work have appeared in a variety of venues. Gibney has an essay forthcoming in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota (MN Historical Society Press, April 2016), and an excerpt from her YA-novel-in-progress, Lonestar, will appear in Sky Blue Water: Great Stories for Young Readers (UMN Press, September 2016). She has taught writing, journalism and African diasporic topics at MCTC since 2007, and is a current McKnight Writing Fellow and a former Bush Artist Fellow. She lives in the Powderhorn neighborhood with her husband, children, and sister-in-law.

MCTC’s Common Book reading and discussion this month will be See No Color. This Common Book reading is designed to provide members of the campus community structured opportunities to engage in conversations informed by the work of Shannon Gibney, M.F.A., in her book, See No Color. This event is designed to provide opportunities for discussions of such concepts as racial identity, colorblindness, multiracial identity, racism, and various intersections such as race and gender. In addition to being the author of this very important book Ms. Gibney has served as a voice for matters of race, equity and privilege both locally and nationally. The book is available through, www.lernerbooks.com and locally from Ancestry Books and other local independent booksellers. One may contact chaun.webster@gmail.com to order from Ancestry. A discussion guide and sample chapter can be downloaded.

Scheduled Common Book Events for See No Color

Author’s reading and discussion  
Date:      Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
Time;     1– 3:00 p.m.
Place:     L.3400    

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS
Session I

Faculty Facilitator: Kathleen DeVore, Ph.D. English Faculty
Date:      Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Time:     1–3:00 p.m.
Place:     L.3400

Session II
Faculty Facilitator: Valerie Deus, M.A., English Faculty
Date:      Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
Time:     1–3:00 p.m.
Place:     L.3400

Session III
Faculty Facilitator:  Taiyon Coleman, Ph.D., English Faculty
Date:      Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time:     11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Place:     T.3910

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