Last week, Mira Jacob visited with students at Lincoln High School, as a guest on OPB’s Think Out Loud on Thursday, March 10th, and with students at Reynolds High School on Friday, March 11th. Both author visits were coordinated as part of Multnomah County Library’s 2022 Everybody Reads selection Mira Jacob’s Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations.
At Lincoln, fifty students joined Mira Jacob and OPB’s Dave Miller in the school library, where Jacob answered questions about what inspired her to write Good Talk, what her son’s reaction to the book was, and how readers have received the book.
It was a delight to be back in person as Jacob was joined by over 100 students in the Reynolds High School library. A Reynolds’ student introduced Jacob who then began to tell the origin story of Good Talk.
A handful of students asked Jacob questions about her writing/art process and grief. Jacob offered reflections on “proving the reality of your life to someone” (who doesn’t want to listen/believe you). Jacob also shared a touching account of the devastation around her father’s death and the fact that he would never know her children. And yet, her three-year-old son claimed to have met Jacob’s late father even before her son met her/his mother.
Afterwards, students gathered around Mira Jacob to have their copy of Good Talk signed and to have their photo taken with this inspirational author.