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Walter Mosley’s Incredible Speech - National Book Awards

Walter Mosley Literary Hub
Walter Mosley's incredible speech from last month's National Book Awards, receiving The Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters - the first African American man to receive this award.

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Where are the Social Movements in Fiction

Juliana Barnet Protect our Activists
Ten guesses why social justice activism rarely appears in our novels and movies. In the midst of major popular uprising, where are the lists of stories that would draw us into the heads and hearts of activist characters taking on injustices they face

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Henry James and Pigs’ Feet

Gene Seymour Bookforum
Ralph Ellison's letters make an excellent counterpart to Invisible Man, his great novel of 1952.

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Top 10 Books About Black Radicalism

Kehinde Andrews The Guardian
In honoring Black History Month, the author lists 10 superlative books by radical voices instrumental in cohering modern black thought.

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‘The Water Dancer’: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ American Odyssey

David Fear Rolling Stone
This first novel by famed essayist Coates explores the world of slavery and abolition. The author "re-creates the world of the pre-Civil War South," says reviewer Fear, "with a journalist’s eye and ear for detail."

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Toni Morrison Nobel Lecture

Toni Morrison Nobel Prize
Novelist and writer Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford, February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019), received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Here is the speech she gave on that occasion.

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John Woman

Steve Nathans-Kelly New York Journal of Books
Mosley’s new book, writes reviewer Nathans-Kelly, "is as provocative and morally instructive as anything he’s written.”

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Fierce, Spiky 'Friday Black' Packs A Big Punch

Lily Meyer NPR
This first book by African American writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is gaining a lot of attention. Reviewer Meyer helps understand why this is the case.
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