(Photo by Robert Woolsey/KCAW)

The latest book chosen for this fall’s Sitka Reads project is a departure from their typical selection. Instead of reading a book by a local author, individuals and groups will read a 10-chapter book entitled “The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism and Engage in Collective Healing.” Kari Sagel and Kay Kreiss from Sitka Reads joined KCAW’s Peter Apathy on the Morning Interview to discuss why they chose this book and how Sitkans can get involved this fall.

A kickoff Zoom event will be held on Thursday, October 15th from 7 to 8 p.m.  Thirty complimentary copies of the handbook will be gifted to participants. The free program has options for weekly small groups. The program will end in December with a presentation and Q+A with author Anneliese Singh. Those interested can register at https://tinyurl.com/sitkareadsracialhealingbook.

Program sponsors include the Friends of the Sitka Public Library, Sitka Counseling, the Sitka Health Summit, Old Harbor Books, Sitka Tribe of Alaska – Social Services Department, and Outer Coast College.