Marcus Anthony Hunter | Radical Reparations: Healing the Soul of a Nation
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
23h ago
In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6abc Action News morning edition. Co-promoted by the American Constitution Society The Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences Division, Professor of Sociology & African American Studies at UCLA, Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter coined the term ''Black Lives Matter.'' His books include Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America, The New Black Sociologists, and Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life, coauthored with Zandria F. Robinson. He formerly served as the Inaugural Chair of ..read more
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Maura Cheeks | Acts of Forgiveness: A Novel
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
23h ago
In conversation with Zoe Sivak Maura Cheeks is the author of Acts of Forgiveness, a debut novel that imagines a contemporary moment in which our government has approved reparations for Black Americans-but only if they can prove they are the descendants of enslaved people. Based on a feature-length article she produced during a masthead reporting residency at The Atlantic, R. Eric Thomas calls the book a ''generous and empathetic study of burden and inheritance, consequence and regret.'' Cheeks has contributed other writing to a variety of publications, including the&nb ..read more
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Phillip B. Williams | Ours: A Novel
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
3d ago
In conversation with Airea D. Matthews Phillip B. Williams is the author of two acclaimed poetry collections, Thief in the Interior, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a Lambda Literary Award; and Mutiny, which was a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection and the winner of a 2022 American Book Award. A creative writing professor in New York University's MFA creative writing program, he is the recipient of a Whiting Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the ..read more
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Billy Dee Williams | What Have We Here?: Portraits of a Life
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
3d ago
In conversation with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Tracey Matisak Screen icon Billy Dee Williams is perhaps best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars movies The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. His dozens of other film appearances, which date back to the 1950s, include roles in Lady Sings the Blues, Brian's Song, Mahogany, Nighthawks, and too many others to list; his similarly prolific television career includes starring turns, appearances, and cameos in more than 40 dramas, sitco ..read more
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Paul Alexander | Bitter Crop: The Heartache and Triumph of Billie Holiday's Last Year
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
1w ago
In conversation with award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Tracey Matisak Paul Alexander's bestselling and acclaimed biographies include portraits of James Dean, Sylvia Plath, John McCain, and J. D. Salinger, the last of which served as the basis of a documentary that appeared on HBO, PBS, and Netflix. Alexander's nonfiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Nation, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, as well as numerous literary journals. He is also the author of several stage plays and screenplays. A writ ..read more
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Grace Lin | Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite American Chinese Foods
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
1w ago
In conversation with Ellen Yin A New York Times bestselling children's author and illustrator, Grace Lin earned the Newbery Honor for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, the Theodor Geisel Honor for Ling and Ting, and the Caldecott Honor for A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Her novel When the Sea Turned to Silver was a National Book Award Finalist. Recognized by former President Obama's administration as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling, Lin was awarded the Children's Literature Legacy Award from t ..read more
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Paul Lynch | Prophet Song: A Novel
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
1w ago
In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace  Paul Lynch won the 2023 Booker Prize for Prophet Song, a ''brilliant, haunting'' and ''crucial book for our current times (The Guardian) that tells the dystopian but plausible tale of a family caught in the clutches of an increasingly authoritarian Ireland. His other novels include Red Sky in Morning, featured on NPR and named a best book of the year by The Irish Times, The Toronto Star, and the Irish Independent; The Black Snow, winner of France's Prix Libr'à Nous for Best Foreign Novel ..read more
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Ruha Benjamin | Imagination: A Manifesto
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
2w ago
In conversation with Shantrelle Lewis Ruha Benjamin is the author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, a ''galvanizing'' and ''inventive and wide-ranging'' (The Nation) look at how new technologies reinforce social inequities; and Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want, a pragmatic yet poetic vision of the ways in which our minor everyday choices can add up to larger societal growth. Also the author of many scholarly publications, she is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University, where she is the founding director of ..read more
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Shayla Lawson | How to Live Free in a Dangerous World: A Decolonial Memoir
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
2w ago
In conversation with Jeannine Cook, owner of Harriett's Bookshop and Ida's Books Shayla Lawson is the author of This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope, a ''whip-smart'' (People) essay collection about politics, pop culture, politics, and history. Named one of the most anticipated books of 2020 by numerous periodicals, it was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography and a LAMBDA Literary Award. Also the author of two poetry collections, Lawson has contributed writing to Salon, New York magazine, and ESPN, among o ..read more
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Kiley Reid | Come and Get It
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
3w ago
In conversation with Niela Orr A ''hilarious, uncomfortable and compulsively readable story about race and class'' (TIME), Kiley Reid's novel Such a Fun Age tells the story of a young Black babysitter and her well-intentioned but misguided employer. A New York Times bestseller, a Reese's Book Club Pick, and named one of the best books of the year by a slew of publications, it was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. Reid's other writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, and The Guardian, among other pla ..read more
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