Everybody Reads: Is Racial Identity Part of Your Story?

OPB | March 11, 2012 5 p.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 12:59 a.m.

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Readers of all ages gathered at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall last week to hear author Heidi W. Durrow talk about her debut novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. It was the culminating event of Everybody Reads, the Multnomah County Library’s community reading project.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. In her lecture, Durrow shared her experiences growing up in a biracial family and her long journey to becoming a published author.

As part of this year’s Everybody Reads program, OPB partnered with Multnomah County Library and Literary Arts to collect stories inspired by Durrow’s book. Attendees at the event stopped by OPB’s video booth to share their responses to the book and how racial identity has played a role in their life stories.

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