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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Achebe and Education

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African literature has long been asked to teach readers about their pasts. What if readers learned of their futures instead? The Long ESSay AUTHOR • Alvan A. Ikoku ISSUES • Education, African Literature YEAR • 2019 MONTHS • 2-8 • February-August 2019 The Long ESSay AUTHOR • Alvan A....

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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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Tracy K Smith at Smithsonian

The Ingenuity Festival hosts a public dialogue on history and race with acclaimed US Poet Laureate, Tracy K Smith.  Genre: Talks, Conversations. Venue: Washington, DC, USA. Dates: December 5, 2018. Sponsors: National Museum of African-American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution. Description: The program, titled On Art and History:...

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Submissions at Callaloo

Callaloo, a journal on original, creative and critical work by and from the African diaspora, is now accepting submissions. Genre: Submissions, Journal, Writing, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Venue: College Station, Texas, USA. Dates: Rolling submission, continual. Publication/Editors: Callaloo and Charles Henry Rowell (Editor). Description: Founded in 1976 by its...

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E Iduma and Chike Edozien

The Nigerian authors meet to discuss their writing at the forefront of “Africa’s quiet LGBT revolution” in Boston Brookline Booksmith.   Genre: Readings, Conversations, Fiction, Nonfiction. Venue: Brookline Booksmith, Boston, MA, USA. Dates: December 4, 2018. Sponsors: Brookline Booksmith. Readers/Performers: Emmanuel Iduma, Nigerian fiction writer, essayist, and co-founder of Saraba...

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‘Arthur Ashe’ at Smithsonian

Biographer, Ray Arsenault, and sports journalist William Rhoden meet to discuss the tennis champion's life, activism, and new biography.  Genre: Talks, Conversations, Interviews. Venue: Washington, DC, USA. Dates: December 3, 2018. Sponsors: National Museum of African-American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution. Description: The program, titled Arthur Ashe: A...

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Colman Domingo

Domingo stages a reading of the play, “DOT,” at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, California.  Genre: Readings, Drama. Venue: Lorraine Hansberry Theater at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, USA. Dates: December 1, 2018. Sponsors: Museum of the African Diaspora. Readers/Performers: Colman Domingo, American...

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‘The Foreigner’s Home’

The venue is a museum, the medium is film, the exploratory mode is that of Toni Morrison, literary, perceptive, prescient. Genre: Film, Viewing Venue: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, USA Time:  April 28, 2018, 2pm Sponsors: Brooklyn Academy of Music. Curators: Part of a BAMcinématek Series, New Voices in Black Cinema. Artists &...

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Junot on Trauma

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Novelist Junot Diaz has decided to reveal, via nonfiction writing, childhood trauma that he has previously channeled through characters, fiction, imagination. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES — In an important moment for those who closely follow the writings and career of Junot Diaz, the author has made public his experience of...

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