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Race and Class in Seattle: Wednesday book discussion at Town Hall

The Seattle Times recently published a book review and a Danny Westneat article about Doug Merlino’s  book “The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White”. As Danny puts it:

Doug Merlino’s “The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White,” tracing his former teammates on a basketball team made up of white students from Lakeside private school and black kids from the Central Area, reveals much about race, money and opportunity in the seemingly unbridgeable sub-worlds that make up modern-day Seattle.

Given the recent heated discussions on this site about race relations in the CD, I suspect many people will be interested in attending Doug’s talk about the book:

To hear more about race and class in Seattle and Merlino’s book — including the perspectives of some of Merlino’s former teammates, black and white — Seattle’s Town Hall is hosting a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The discussion is moderated by The Seattle Times’ Jerry Large. Tickets are $5 at or 800-838-3006, or at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. Town Hall members receive priority seating.

Merlino will also speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island; free (206-842-5332 or

Full disclosure: I was interviewed by Mr. Merlino for the “Gentrification” section of the book. I’ve not yet seen the book, other than the section mentioning me, which I accessed via Amazon’s “look inside” feature. You can also peek inside the book via the Google preview feature (see Public Library listing).

BTW: if you go back to the article that sparked the heated discussion, you’ll find some very thoughtful comments at the end of the thread.

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