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Understanding Amulets: Workshop and Book Discussion

This all-ages workshop led by founding member Carmel Brown of One Book, One Philadelphia explores themes in the featured 2019 selection, Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward. In Sing, Unburied, Sing, Pop gives his grandson Jojo a gris-gris bag for protection while traveling. Diving into the many meanings and uses of amulets, the workshop will explore the relationship between handmade talismans and the natural world and make amulets of our own with Philadelphia-foraged objects. This event is Free and open to the public. Click to register for this free workshop. 


Brown is the teaching resident artist and director of the collective’s afterschool Young Artist Program for high school LGBTQIA students, and the owner of the vintage retail shop Colored Vintage. Her personal work as an exhibiting artist focuses on the black experience which for her includes queerdom. 


Celebrating its 17th year in 2019, One Book, One Philadelphia is a signature event of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and citywide conversation by encouraging the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book.

From January 16 to March 13, nearly 100 events and programs will center on the 2017 National Book Award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. 

In addition to featuring one adult companion title and two youth companion titles to complement and enrich discussions, One Book, One Philadelphia will also present a diversity of author voices through recommended reading lists of young adult and children's books that connect with themes in the featured books.