[The Big Smoke reading group]
Earlier in the year, Adrian Matejka's The Big Smoke was honored as an Anisfield-Wolf Award recipient. The Anisfield-Wolf Awards "recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity."
Question: based on what you've read in The Big Smoke so far, what's one notable thing about the book that assists with understanding "racism" or "human diversity"? Why or how so?
Basically, we're trying to think and write through some of the ways that the selection committee for the Anisfield-Wolf Award may discussed and then ultimately awarded Matejka's volume of poetry.