Christian Picciolini--Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism (A Wilmette Public Library Event)

Join Christian Picciolini and Nora Flanagan in conversation as they discuss Picciolini's latest book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism as well as Flanagan's work with schools to counter white nationalist organizing. This virtual event, hosted and sponored by Wilmette Public Library,  will be broadcasr on Zoom. It is free and open to the public, though registration is required. Register HERE!

About the Book: At a time when hate crimes in the U.S. have risen to the highest levels in more than a decade, Breaking Hate reveals why extremism has reached this point and how, as Americans, we can help those who were unwittingly lured into these violent movements disengage. From his perspective as a former white-supremacist, Picciolini urges compassion, empathy, and self-reflection on the path back to a civil democracy. At a community level, Flanagan has been working to combat extremist organizing in our schools so they remain a place where young people can become engaged citizens. 

"At a time when the bonds of multiracial democracy and pluralism are being torn by political strife, growing hate group activity, and acts of white-supremacist terrorism, Christian Picciolini provides us a roadmap to a new sense of community and justice. As a former extremist himself, Picciolini knows what turns people into ticking time bombs and what it takes to defuse them; and more to the point, what it takes to prevent still more fuses from being lit. In Breaking Hate, he combines a keen sense of history with human psychology, sharp storytelling and the kind of hopefulness it will take to emerge from our current moment a healthier and more just nation. In this impressive volume he provides a critical glimpse inside the broken humanity of not only individual extremists, but the brokenness of America itself."-- Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

About the Author: Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. Christian chronicles his involvement and exit from the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement in his memoir, WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network, and has helped over 300 individuals leave hate behind. He showcases his disengagement work in a second book, BREAKING HATE: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, published in February 2020 by Hachette Books, as well as the MSNBC documentary series of the same name.

About the Interlocutor: Nora Flanagan is a veteran high school English teacher in Chicago and has researched and organized against racism for decades. Efforts have included speaking to law enforcement and other government agencies, school administrations, community groups, and media outlets about the intersection of bigotry and youth culture. She recently co-authored "Confronting White Nationalism in Schools," a toolkit designed to help schools thoughtfully and effectively respond to incidents of racial hostility and proactively strengthen school communities.


Copies of the book are available at the library and through the Digital Library of Illinois or Libby app.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Breaking Hate, please support The Book Stall!  Orders can be shipped, delivered locally or picked-up at the front door of the store. 


Event date: 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316522939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Hachette Books - February 25th, 2020

From a onetime white-supremacist leader now working to disengage people from extremist movements, Breaking Hate is a "riveting" (James Clapper), "groundbreaking" (Malcolm Nance), "horrifying [but] hopeful" (S.E. Cupp) exploration of how to heal a nation reeling from hate and violence.