Written by: Barbara J. Ross
The Salvation Army, Greater New York Division’s Quarterly Book Club Series is an event during which they host a lunch and an intimate presentation/discussion with an author.
They will be hosting Mark Whitaker, the Executive Vice President and managing editor for CNN Worldwide. He has written My Long Trip Home, a memoir about his childhood and his search for racial identity, which has received remarkable reviews. His story is inspiring, and all involved at the Salvation Army are “excited to hear him speak.” The spirit of Mr. Whitaker’s words embodies the beliefs and mission of the Salvation Army. Both author and organization strive to make the world a more just and welcome place, providing opportunities to the underserved.
The “by invitation only event” is slated for January 19, 2012, and will take place at the ‘21’ Club, 21 52cnd St., NYC. A reception begins at11:30followed by lunch, the program, and a book signing. For more information you may call 212.337.7345.
Allyson Ross, Director of Foundation Relations for the Greater New York Division quipped that “It’s a lovely program, a fun outing, and a great opportunity for us (fund raisers) to meet with our donors without asking for money.” Obviously the Salvation Army expects to provide a pleasant opportunity to meet many of its donors who will come out to hear the great words of this experienced journalist as he sets forth the tale of his upbringing.
Whitaker has had stellar reviews for his work. Publishers Weekly states that “Like Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father, Whitaker’s memoir is in many ways an iconic story of the post-civil rights era, one in which transcending racial barriers liberates people to success — and fail –in their own peculiar ways.”
Author and journalist Tom Brokaw has this to say about the novel: “A deeply personal, instructive and unsparing story of life in a contemporary bi-racial American family. It’s all here — the love, pride, anger, confusion and achievement from a man who rose to the top ranks of American journalism.”
The book is so accepted in literary circles that it will certainly continue to be read by people from all walks of life. While the opportunity to see Mr. Whitaker at this event is limited, the availability of his memoir is not. Many fine authors are recommending it; that should be enough impetus to provide a reading pick for many. Check local libraries and bookstores for available copies.