The Main Event program scheduled for Thursday, November 9 at Main Library, featuring author Matt Taibbi, has been cancelled. Mr. Taibbi was scheduled to come to Akron to discuss his new book, I Can’t Breathe, about the Eric Garner case in New York City in 2014.
Over the past week, Mr. Taibbi’s writings about his time in Russia have come under scrutiny, particularly a book he co-authored in 2000 that contains graphic misogynistic imagery involving the sexual exploitation of women. Library administrators became aware of these writings late last week.
Mr. Taibbi has posted an apology for this work on Facebook, and an explanation for what he says was fictional satire rather than an account of real events. Unfortunately, the Library cannot ignore the misogynistic content of Mr. Taibbi’s previous work, and has decided to cancel the program.
This decision is not related to the subject of Mr. Taibbi’s newest book, which is available for borrowing from the library. Additionally, because issues of race in America deserve open conversation, the public is invited to Main Library on Monday, November 13th at 5pm for “A Community Discussion on Race Relations,” organized and moderated by Mike McIntyre of NPR station 90.3 WCPN. Panelists will include Bruce Winges, Editor of the Akron Beacon Journal; Sadie Winlock, President and CEO of the Akron Urban League; Bishop Joey Johnson, House of the Lord; Jason Segedy, Director of Planning, City of Akron; Dru Joyce, St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Basketball Coach; and Zachery Williams, Associate Professor of African-American History at the University of Akron.