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Mira Jacob to discuss her book ‘Good Talk’ at Seattle Arts & Lectures

The author's new book was inspired by discussing race, love, sex and more with her 6-year-old son.

Kids are full of questions, and this mom turned her answers — and how she arrived at them — into a book that will entertain and inform the rest of us.

Mira Jacob, author of the graphic memoir, “Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations,” will discuss her book Tuesday, March 8. The Seattle Arts & Lectures event is available both in person and online.

Jacob also wrote “The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.”

She has explained that her new book was inspired by conversations with her then 6-year-old son, Zakir, who is half-Indian and half-Jewish. The tensions around the 2016 presidential elections made his questions more complicated and more personal. This prompted a lot of self-reflection by Jacob, which she first shared in a popular BuzzFeed piece, “37 Difficult Questions from My Mixed-Raced Son.”

The book followed that and has been very well received, going beyond race to topics of “color, sexuality and, of course, love,” according to the author’s website.

Praise for Mira Jacob and ‘Good Talk’

Jacqueline Woodson, author of “Another Brooklyn,” called it “A beautiful and eye-opening account of what it means to mother a brown boy and what it means to live in this country post–9/11, as a person of color, as a woman, as an artist … ”

“By turns hilarious and heart-rending …” was among the praise from Celeste Ng, author of “Little Fires Everywhere.”

Here are details about the 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 SAL event, available both in person (at Town Hall Seattle) and online. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.