Toni Morrison Passes

The doyenne of American fiction, letters, and culture, writer of several prize-winning novels, passed away after a brief illness. ISSUES • Transition, Literature PLACE • New York City, USA DATE • August 5, 2019 BODY • Family of Toni Morrison and Random House ISSUES • Transition, Literature PLACE • New York...

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Rankine, Spahr On Dubois

Two poets and critics discuss literature, race, politics, and the 1956 passport denial to WEB DuBois for a conference in France.  Genre: Talks, Conversations. Venue: Kaufman Concert Hall, The 92 Y, New York, NY, USA. Dates: December 13, 2018. Sponsors: Part of the Unterberg Poetry Center series at The 92...

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Translated: ‘El Conde de Montecristo’

Navona has published a definitive Spanish translation of the Alexandre Dumas classic, The Count of Montecristo; “a great European literary event” in the language.Genre: Books, Fiction, Translation. Full Title: The Count of Montecristo. Writer: Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), French novelist and playwright, whose well-known works include The Three Musketeers (1844)...

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‘Hidden Figures’

Margot Lee Shetterly brings into view the crucial role played by four African-American women at NASA during segregation, 1940s-60s. Genre: Books, Nonfiction. Full Title: Hidden Figures — The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. Author: Margot Lee Shetterly, American nonfiction...

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‘Writing to Save a Life’

John Edgar Wideman searches in searing prose for Louis Till, father of Emmett Till, both executed, by the Army, via lynching.  Genre: Books, Nonfiction. Full Title: Writing to Save a Life — The Louis Till File. Author: John Edgar Wideman, award-winning American novelist and writer, author of Philadelphia Fire (1990), Brothers...

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‘House of Lords and Commons’

Ishion Hutchinson returns to the difficult beauty of the Jamaican landscape with lyric precision, holding his world at an angle astonishing, surprising, incisive. Genre: Books, Poetry. Full Title: House of Lords and Commons Author: Ishion Hutchinson, award-winning Jamaican poet, author of Far District: Poems (2010), Assistant Professor of English at Cornell...

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Rose-Innes’ ‘Nineveh’

Henrietta Rose-Innes offers a “gripping, thrilling allegory of a troubled nation” and a “wounded love for her country,” South Africa. Genre: Books, Fiction. Full Title: Nineveh. Author: Henrietta Rose-Innes, award-winning South African writer, author of Homing, and the novels Green Lion, Shark’s Egg and The Rock Alphabet. Publisher: Unnamed Press. Place:...

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Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’

Zadie Smith presents a fluid meditation, via a cross-racial relationship between two female protagonists, on race, class, geopolitics, dance, storytelling, history. Genre: Books, Fiction. Full Title: Swing Time. Author: Zadie Smith, multi-award-winning British novelist, essayist, and short-story writer, author of White Teeth and On Beauty. Publisher: Penguin Random House. Place: New...

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‘Black and British’

David Olusoga uncovers long, shared history between the British Isles and the people of Africa, drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony, contemporary interviews. Genre: Books, History. Full Title: Black and British: A Forgotten History Author: David Olusoga, award-winning British-Nigerian historian, writer and broadcaster. Publisher: Pan Macmillan...

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‘Shakespeare in Swaziland’

Edward Wilson-Lee presents us with a vast tracing of Shakespeare as global poetry in Africa, in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan. Genre: Books, Scholarship. Full Title: Shakespeare in Swaziland: In Search of a Global Poet Author: Edward Wilson-Lee, Fellow in English at the University of Cambridge Publisher: HarperCollins UK...

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