Minnesota Historical Society

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

$ 18.95


Essays that challenge, discomfort, disorient, galvanize, and inspire all of us to evolve now, for our shared future.

  • Edited by: Sun Yung Shin
  • Format: Paperback, 224 pages, 6 X 9 inches
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press (April 2016) 
  • ISBN: 9781681340029

In A Good Time for the Truth, sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in one of the whitest states in the nation. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being’s inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships. 

Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation’s worst racial disparities. As its authors confront and consider the realities that lie beneath the numbers, this book provides an important tool to those who want to be part of closing those gaps.

With contributions by:
Taiyon J. Coleman
Heid E. Erdrich
Venessa Fuentes
Shannon Gibney
David Grant
Carolyn Holbrook
Andrea Jenkins
Robert Karimi
JaeRan Kim
Sherry Quan Lee
David Mura
Bao Phi
Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria
Diane Wilson
Kao Kalia Yang

Sun Yung Shin 신 선 영 is the author of a book of prose Unbearable Splendor, two books of poetry Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black, a co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of children's book Cooper's Lesson. She has an MA in Teaching from University of St. Thomas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University. She has training in restorative justice, conflict resolution, racial justice talking circle facilitation, and various somatic healing modalities. Born in South Korea, she lives in Minneapolis where she teaches, lectures, facilitates workshops, and co-directs Poetry Asylum.

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