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'The Address Book' Virtual Book Club 2021

  • Dates: January 26, 2021
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    The next HAF Book Club selection is: 'The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth and Power' by Deirdre Mask.

    The virtual book club will start on Tues 26th Jan from 6-7pm, Tues 2nd Feb 6-7pm, Tues 9th Feb 6-7pm. We will read a third of the book in preparation for each session (around 90 pages)

    Want to join? Email kparker@historic-albany.org to sign up and get reminders.
    ZOOM LINK: http://bit.ly/2XhYvBu

    HAF has chosen this book for its timeliness to the current political and racial climate in our country, as well as right here in Albany. From the book jacket:

    "When most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can deliver mail or a traveler won’t get lost. But street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class.
    In this wide-ranging and remarkable book, Deirdre Mask looks at the fate of streets named after Martin Luther King Jr., the wayfinding means of ancient Romans, and how Nazis haunt the streets of modern Germany. The flipside of having an address is not having one, and we also see what that means for millions of people today, including those who live in the slums of Kolkata and on the streets of London. Filled with fascinating people and histories, The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn’t―and why."

    In addition, we are pleased to announce that David Hochfelder, Associate Professor of History at the University at Albany, and creator of the 98 Acres in Albany Facebook page and blog relating the neighborhood that once stood on the site of the Empire State Plaza, will be our moderator.

    The HAF Book Club will be once again be co-sponsored by our friends at the New York State Writer’s Institute and Discover Albany.

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