Vermont Reads 2020

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

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Vermont Reads 2020 Extended through June 2021

Due to the twin pandemics of Covid-19 and systemic racism, we are extending Vermont Reads 2020: The Hate U Give until June 2021, the end of the academic year.

Angie Thomas’ bestselling YA novel about the Black Lives Matter movement is finding an even wider audience now than when it was first published in 2017. The powerful themes of The Hate U Give have been brought into sharper focus for millions of Americans by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbury.

Vermont Reads: A Reflection on Reading about Racism

by Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup, Executive Director


Learning, growing, speaking up, speaking out.

Making mistakes, standing back up, trying again.

Vermont Reads 2020: The Hate U Give was announced in early September of 2019 and here at Vermont Humanities we have already had the opportunity to learn, grow, speak up, and speak out – and make mistakes.  And then learn some more. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is turning out to be a powerful choice and we are just at the very beginning of our journey with this book.

As we embark on this year’s Vermont Reads adventure together, we have some commitments to make to you and to members of your community.

I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed for just being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.

Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.

Let’s Talk Antiracism

Dr. Laura Jiménez joins Vermont State Librarian Jason Broughton to examine ways to lead effective discussions centered on diversity and antiracism.

Vermont Reads Supporters

Vermont Humanities is grateful to the underwriter of Vermont Reads 2020, Jan Blomstrann, and for the support of the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation. Vermont Public Radio is our media partner; each year VPR presents several days of Vermont Reads programming.

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