I read Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race a little while ago and I absolutely wanted to talk about it on here, so this is the perfect opportunity. Last week, Reni Eddo-Lodge was in Paris for a talk at my favourite library Shakespeare & Company, so of course I had to go. And trust me, it was worth it. First of all, there was A LOT of people, but luckily I got there super early, so I got to sit on the third row. If you have ever been to Shakespeare and Co, you’ll know that’s there’s not a lot of room inside, but it was completely packed with people everywhere, sitting, standing, and seeing the talk from different screens in the shop.
For an hour, she answered questions about her book and her activism. She even read her original blog post, which inspired the book (and she has a gorgeous British accent,
sorry not sorry I had to say it). She talked of course about the questions addressed in the books, the history of Black people in the UK, white priviledge, feminism, and more. I could have stayed listening to her forever, honestly she is such an interesting and inspiring person. If you haven’t read her book yet, I highly recommend it. I just want to reread it now honestly, because though I have spent my time tabbing it, I still feel like I have missed so much… This book is so important. If you’re going to read only one book this year, it should be this one. It’s really well made, and clear, and I just, I don’t have the words, but go read this book.
In the meantime, I also found out that she made a podcast called About Race, which I am definitely going to check out.
After the talk, the bookshop offered us wine, and Reni Eddo-Lodge signed her book! It was so surreal to meet her (and of course I made a complete fool of myself). But I can’t wait to hear more and read more of her!