Community invited to ‘Get Down’ with Common Reader author |

Community invited to ‘Get Down’ with Common Reader author

Mishna Wolff, author of "I'm Down," will speak at seven Colorado Mountain College locations in October as part of the seventh annual Common Reader program. Photo Jeremy Doner
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Students and members of the public are invited to hear Mishna Wolff, author of “I’m Down,” when she visits Colorado Mountain College locations this month.

Wolff’s frank and funny memoir inspires laughter and invites questions about the meaning of race in America. The author grew up in a poor African-American neighborhood, attended an elite white school and struggled to belong in both worlds. Painfully shy and decidedly uncool, Wolff relied on searing wit, sarcastic banter and sheer grit to blaze a trail through middle school and beyond.

The public readings are part of the college’s seventh annual Common Reader program. Wolff, who is also an actress and comic, will share excerpts from her memoir in at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Rifle; 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Aspen; and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Spring Valley.

Copies of the book are available at local libraries and bookstores, and community members are encouraged to read “I’m Down” and share their thoughts. The college is also sponsoring an art and creative writing contest, with cash prizes for six winners. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 29.

More information is available at or by calling the college at 800-621-8559. Learn more about the author at

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