Montclair, NJ – Join CNN Tonight host Don Lemon and MSNBC host of The ReidOut Joy-Ann Reid as they discuss racism and Don’s new book This Is The Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism on Saturday March 20 at 7 pm (ET). This will be a live online event with Q&A.

Tickets cost $30 and include a signed copy of the book This Is The Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism (value $28). Buy tickets here

The book is an urgent, deeply personal plea, which Lemon hopes will “help heal America.” Beginning with a letter to one of his Black nephews, Lemon reports and reflects on his slave ancestors, his upbringing in the shadow of segregation, and his adult confrontations with politicians, activists, and scholars.

Don Lemon is the host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. As America’s only Black prime-time anchor, his daily monologues on racism and antiracism, on the failures of the Trump administration, and on America’s systemic flaws speak for his millions of fans. Lemon was the leading voice on CNN guiding viewers through the death of George Floyd and a summer of nationwide protests and riots.

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst for MSNBC and host of The ReidOut (weeknights 7 p.m. ET). She is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story, as well as Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide and We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama, which she co-edited with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. Reid also hosts the podcast “Reid This-Reid That,” with veteran journalist Jacque Reid and a book podcast called “What to Reid.” She has worked in local and national TV news, talk radio and as a press secretary during two presidential campaigns.

This event is part of Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival’s special series of author events, Global Voices. See all of the talks here The majority of the talks are free.

The fifth annual Festival is planned for Saturday October 2, 2021, with in-person and online events.