June 1, 2008

Not a Genuine Black Man Selection of Silicon Valley Reading Group

Not a Genuine Black Man coverNot a Genuine Black Man, Brian Copeland's story of growing up in one of the first African American families in San Leandro in the 1970s, has been selected by Silicon Valley Reads for 2009.

Copeland's book will be the topic of discussion at dozens of events throughout Santa Clara County during February 2009, some of which will include talks by the author. Silicon Valley Reads will also select a companion children's book so that families can read and discuss the experience of growing up different.

“I am honored that my book has been selected for Silicon Valley Reads,” said Copeland, who still lives in San Leandro. “I hope that my story will resonate with readers and spark meaningful dialogue about racism in America.”

The book started out as a solo performance at The Marsh in San Francisco, where it became the longest running show of its kind. The show has been performed in Los Angeles, Off Broadway, and around the Bay Area. In August 2008, the show will open at the Hoover Theatre in San Jose.

Silicon Valley Reads is presented annually by Santa Clara County Library, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and the San Jose Public Library Foundation with funding from community groups, corporate and individual donors.

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