Social Justice: More than a Tagline
I’m very excited and proud to participate in our recently launched group blog, TheStoriedPast. org.
I’m sharing the platform with three writers whose work I admire and whose friendship I value: Stephanie Lowden, and Hilda and Emily DeMuth. The site is hosted by our editor and “story doctor”, Philip Martin. We hope you’ll enjoy the interviews, reviews, reflections, and reader interactions enough to follow the blog and join in the conversation.
For example, a recent post features the Birchbark series, which portrays Ojibwa family life in the mid-1800s. Emily DeMuth Ishida’s post featuring books about Japanese internment camps during World War II generated a lively discussion in the comments.
Here’s hoping you’ll check us out, subscribe, join the conversations, and suggest other titles and topics for us to explore. In the current political and civic news you may have noted frequent references and comparisons to times and figures in history. Reading and reflecting on those periods through historical fiction and biographies offers an effective way to open conversations about difficult subjects.
In times like these when expressing an opinion can trigger heated arguments rather than reasoned debates, discussing books allows us to sidestep the intensity of current events while pursuing important topics. Issues of racism, isolationism, scapegoating, and other social justice concerns appear across time and cultures. Stories with engaging characters and powerful plots provide rich opportunities to explore our values, prejudices, patterns, and presumptions through eyes other than our own.
Here’s hoping you’ll check us out!