United Methodist Women, the largest denominational faith organization for women with roughly 800,000 members, has selected Inheriting the Trade for their 2011 Reading Program.

A diverse range of books are selected each year, spread among four categories. Inheriting the Trade is the featured book in the Nurturing for Community category. An article about the book and author–“Family Roots“–appears in the October issue of Response, the official magazine of UMW.

I’ll participate with UMW members in a “live chat” online this Thursday, October 28 at 4:00pm (PDT; 7:00pm EDT) around the issues of race, diversity and healing from the damage caused by the historic oppressions and injustice that continue to impact all of us today.

I’m honored and excited that UMW has selected ITT and encouraged at their members’ willingness to grapple with this–and other–challenging subjects.

I was also excited to learn recently that continued interest in the story of the DeWolf slave-traders, and the ongoing impact from the legacy of slavery, has resulted in Beacon Press ordering a second printing of the trade paperback edition of Inheriting the Trade.