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Author Greg Bottoms at Lunch With Books in Wheeling

WHEELING — Desegregation in the South will be explored at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 4, during the next Lunch With Books program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling.

In his new memoir from WVU Press, “The Lowest White Boy,” Greg Bottoms writes about growing up white and working class in Tidewater, Va., during school desegregation in the 1970s. He offers brief stories that accumulate to reveal the everyday experience of living inside complex, systematic racism that is often invisible to economically and politically disenfranchised white southerners — people who have benefited from racism in material ways while being damaged by it, he suggests, psychologically and spiritually. Placing personal memories against a backdrop of documentary photography, social history and cultural critique, “The Lowest White Boy” explores normalized racial animus and reactionary white identity politics, particularly as these are collected and processed in the mind of a child. Bottoms is a professor of English at the University of Vermont. This program will be presented live via Skype.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohio countylibrary.org for more information.

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