Waking Up White: Regional Read

The Waking Up White Regional Read invites the community to read Waking Up White, attend public presentations, and engage in book chat conversations about ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive multicultural community.

Waking Up White is the book Debby Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As she unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she’s changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the racial justice movement as a whole.

The book is available to request via our online catalog or, starting the week of Sept. 27, pick up a free copy in Little Free Libraries in Goodview, Minnesota City, Rollingstone, or Winona.

Winona Public Library Events

Friday, October 22, 3 pm. Diversity and Inclusion in Theatre Panel with Aaron Young, Melissa Maxwell, Eileen Moeller, and Jaclyn Johnson. Zoom* Register

Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 am. "Why Being Color-Blind" is Not a Good Approach" Book Chat (90 minutes) Register

To view the full schedule of events at other locations in the area, visit the Waking Up White Regional Read website.