‘Between the World and Me’ selected for Feb. 27 Chancellor’s Book Club

Cover of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will lead a discussion on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The Chancellor’s Book Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of The Commons Center; light refreshments will be provided.

Between the World and Me is presented as a letter to Coates’ teenage son. The author speaks to his son of the struggles of being a black man in America, an experience Coates frames as exhausting and often fearful for him.  The book was released in 2015 to wide acclaim and won the National Book Award for Nonfiction that year.

Free copies of the book are available for up to 50 students, faculty and staff that plan to attend the book club. All of the free copies have now been claimed.  Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt also has copies of the book available for purchase.

Zeppos launched the Chancellor’s Book Club in late 2018 to bring together members of the Vanderbilt community for discourse on contemporary issues and their depiction in literature. Past book club selections have included The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies by General Michael V. Hayden, A Place for Us by Fatima Mirza and The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.

Information on future book club events will be made available on the Chancellor’s website.