Mary Ann Key Book Club: Local author highlight - David Mura

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September 8, 2023

The Mary Ann Key Book Club will return for a 6th season in early 2024. In the meantime, this newsletter will highlight authors from the Twin Cities in conversation with Myron Medcalf about their latest books and work within the community.

Myron Medcalf and David Mura discuss Mura’s latest book

Screen grab of Myron and David

"The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives" (YouTube, 29:40 duration)

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David Mura is an essayist, memoirist, poet and fiction writer who brings a unique perspective to our multi-racial and multi-cultural society. A third-generation Japanese-American, he has written intimately about his life as a man of color and the connections between race, culture and history. In public appearances interweaving poetry, performance and personal testament, he provides powerful insights into the racial issues facing America today. 

Mura's memoirs, poems, essays, plays and performances have won wide critical praise and numerous awards. Their topics range from contemporary Japan to the legacy of the internment camps and the history of Japanese Americans to critical explorations of an increasingly diverse America. He gives presentations at educational institutions, businesses and other organizations throughout the country. You can find him at his website:

David Mura was a featured panelist in the 2nd season of the Mary Ann Key Book Club. Hear more from Mura and other panelists as they discuss Cathy Park Hong’s memoir “Minor Feelings.”

Watch past Book Club Discussions

Replay past seasons with panelists from the community on YouTube.

Season 1 - Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson

Season 2 - Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning 

by Cathy Park Hong

Season 3 - An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People 

by Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza

Season 4 - Parable of the Sower

by Octavia Butler

Season 5 - Solito: A Memoir

by Javier Zamora

Resources for reading, listening, and learning

Recommended reading from Hennepin County Library:

University of Minnesota Press: Reading and Discussion Guide for The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself

University of Minnesota School of Public Health: Health in All Matters Series 2 Podcast 

Through personal stories and expert commentary, the podcast highlights the people and organizations who fight for racial justice, and explore how public health can support their work and do its part to drive structural change.

YWCA Minneapolis - Racial Justice 

As a leader in the field of racial equity, YWCA empowers communities and workplaces to stand against racism, embrace new perspectives and promote justice for all people.

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