IMAGE: Jim Hodges, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), 2014–2016. Stainless steel, Dichrolam, acrylic, enamel paint, and LED lights. Installed, 84 x 1,737 x 10 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Jim Hodges. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Image © The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

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With Liberty and Justice for All Book Club

The Austin Public Library and The Contemporary Austin co-present a new book club series, With Liberty and Justice for All, that draws on fiction, poetry and visual art to explore themes of racism, institutional violence, social justice, empathy, healing, and community.

Our February book club presents a work of illustrated fiction about the experiences and resiliency of Black inner-city youth. Little Man, Little Man, “a children's story for adults, an adult’s story for children” by James Baldwin inspired Deborah Roberts’ outdoor collage of the same title on The Contemporary Austin downtown.

Each club meeting will take place on Zoom.

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Save the date for our next book club meeting, featuring The Lost Children Archive: A Novel by Valeria Luiselli (2019), on Thursday, April 22, at 7P.
Meet our Facilitators

Angelica Johnson is the Assistant Branch Manager at the Twin Oaks Branch of Austin Public Library. She recently moved to the Austin area and is hoping to build roots here. She has a great affinity for social justice causes that affirms the humanity and voices of marginalized groups while pushing for equitable structural change. Before entering management, she served as a Young Adult Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library where she worked closely with teens of diverse backgrounds to cultivate adequate programming and outreach efforts in addition to serving as an advocate for more teen spaces in the library.

Jeremy Garza is a Library Associate at the Twin Oaks Branch of the Austin Public Library, and graduate student at the Texas Woman’s University. He is a native Austinite, electric bike enthusiast, podcast addict, and tries to embrace Octavia Butler’s “Earthseed” virtues about change (especially in this city of constant transformation). As a librarian & community facilitator in-training, he is dedicated to the teachings of black feminisms and the mission of collective uplift for all people through life-long learning & grassroots community connection.