The Grace of Silence is the 2011 Sacramento State One Book


The One Book Program

The Sacramento State One Book Program is proud to announce its selection for 2011-2012: The Grace of Silence: A Memoir Pantheon, 2010) (by Michele Norris. As the starred review in Booklist states: “Lauded journalist Norris, cohost for All Things Considered on NPR, intended to write a book analyzing the changing conversation about race in the Obama era. But once she realized that even within her own family, discussions about race were ‘not completely honest,’ she changed course. The result is an investigative family memoir of rare candor and artistry that dramatically reveals essential yet hidden aspects of African American life.” Toni Morrison comments, “The Grace of Silence is an insightful, elegant rendering of how the history of an American family illuminates the history of our country.” Norris, herself, has used the publication of her story to encourage others to tell their family stories.

For further information about the book, including an excerpt and reading group guide, please see:

Michele Norris will be visiting our campus on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Please click on the Programs and Events link to the left for a schedule of the day’s events.


President’s Campus Convocation
President Alexander Gonzalez will convene a campus-wide convocation, introducing Michele Norris, the author of this year’s One Book, The Grace of Silence.
DATE: Thursday, October 20, 2011
TIMES:  1.30 p.m.-2.30 p.m.: Lecture by Michele Norris
2.30 p.m.-4.15 p.m.: Discussion groups led by members of the President’s Committee to Build Campus Unity
4.15 p.m.-5.30 p.m.: Campus Reception
LOCATION: All events are held in the University Union Ballroom; discussion groups will be held in the University Union, information will be available at the Lecture.
COST: Free and open to faculty, staff, and students

For more information, please contact Professor Kimo Ah Yun, Chair of the President’s Committee to Build Campus Unity at


“An Evening with the Author: Michele Norris”
Author Michele Norris will talk about The Grace of Silence: A Memoir. This evening event is free and open to all members of the Sacramento community. There will be a sign language interpreter for the event. Books are available for purchase in advance through the Hornet Bookstore.
DATE: Thursday, October 20, 2011
TIME: 7 p.m., followed by a book signing
LOCATION: University Union Ballroom
COST: Free Public Event.  Community Lecture and Book Signing.  Free parking in Parking Structure III, 6th floor only


 Classroom Activity: Visual Exhibit

Click HERE for a creative activity using The Grace of Silence to produce a visual assignment for an exhibit or poster session.
Used by permission from Dr. Vanessa Arnaud, Foreign Languages.