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AUTHOR EVENT AT MALAPROPS : “Racism, fascism, and genocide past and present” April 24

Dialogue with John Cox, author of To Kill a People (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe

55 Haywood Street, Asheville

7:00 pm on Monday, April 24 (“Yom HaShoah”: Holocaust Remembrance Day)

April 24 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, often the occasion for superficial platitudes such as “Never again!,” a well-meaning but hollow term. Fascism, racism, and genocide continue to plague our world. 

 For this year’s Yom HaShoah, Malaprop’s Bookstore has invited John Cox, director of UNC Charlotte’s Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies, to speak about his new book To Kill a People: Genocide in the Twentieth Century. Cox’s book analyzes the factors that lead to genocide such as nationalism and imperialism, war, and individual and collective delusions and fears. 

        To Kill a People is a warning against racism and xenophobia — a warning that is particularly urgent in the United States and Europe today. John’s long-time activism in anti-racist and other movements is reflected in the book’s emphasis on resistance and the necessity of solidarity.

        To Kill a People has been praised by prominent experts for the “the moral ardor of [its] prose” and as “the best short introduction to genocide. Elegantly written, it combines an expert grasp of the causes and dynamics of genocide with a humane critical perspective, founded on a conviction that genocide is not an inevitable or necessarily eternal feature of human affairs.”

        Cox’s book includes four case studies — the Armenian, Nazi, Cambodian and Rwandan genocides — and its introductory and concluding chapters highlight other genocidal atrocities such as the US-Vietnam and Yugoslav wars.

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