Before Columbus Foundation to host panel discussion “Frantz Fanon in the 21st Century: His Life and Legacy” July 23rd

Sunday, July 23rd, 1-3:30 PM, at the San Francisco Public Library. RSVP to the event on Facebook:

Frank B Wilderson, III (Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of US Antagonisms) and Lewis Gordon (What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction To His Life And Thought) join moderator Justin Desmangles (Before Columbus Foundation) for a discussion of the life and legacy of Frantz Fanon in the 21st century.

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; European Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France; Core Professor at the Global Center for Advanced Studies; and Honorary Professor at the Unit of the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. He also is the drummer for the band ThreeGenerations (…/UCedXg5Lmzi_RNq172eDLE3g/videos, Spotify, and other music sites). His most recent books are What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought (NY: Fordham UP; London: Hurst; Johannesburg: Wits UP, 2015; in Swedish, Vad Fanon Sa, Stockholm: TankeKraft förlag, 2016), La sud prin nord-vest: Reflecţii existenţiale afrodiasporice, trans. Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (Cluj, Romania: IDEA Design & Print, 2016), and, with Fernanda Frizzo Bragato, the forthcoming anthology Geopolitics and Decolonization: Perspectives from the Global South (London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield International). His website is: and he is on twitter at:

Frank B. Wilderson III is a professor in the Department of African American Studies at UC Irvine. He is also the Director of the Culture & Theory PhD Program. Professor Wilderson spent five and a half years in South Africa where he was one of two Americans to have held elected office in the African National Congress during the apartheid era. He also worked as a psychological warfare, secret propaganda, and covert operations cadre for the ANC’s armed wing Umkhonto We Sizwe. His books include, Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid; and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms. In addition to being an activist and scholar, Dr. Wilderson is also a creative writer; and through his creative writing he has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship; The Maya Angelou Award for Best Fiction Portraying the Black Experience in America; the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award; The Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement of the Highest Order; The Judith Stronach Award for Poetry, and The American Book Award.

Astra Taylor, American Book Award winner, gives EMMA talk

You can see video of her talk “Where Are The Gears? Thoughts on Resisting the (Neoliberal, Networked) Machine” here.

Before Columbus Foundation to host three events at 2017 Oakland Book Festival

The Oakland Book Festival takes place at Oakland City Hall, Sunday, May 21st, 2017. It is free and open to the public.


Hearing Room 2  |  11:00am–12:15pm
Presented By: Before Columbus Foundation

Throughout much of our nation’s early history, literacy among the non-white population was crime punishable by death. The struggle towards education and self-determination for Americans of color remains fraught with adversity. At the center of these enveloping controversies and culture wars remains the question of just what is American literature.

CHRIS JACKSON is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World, a newly relaunched imprint of Random House.

ISHMAEL REED is a prize-winning essayist, novelist, poet and playwright.

JUSTIN DESMANGLES (moderator) is Chairman of the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation.


Hearing Room 4  |  2:00pm–3:15pm
Presented By: Before Columbus Foundation

The resurrection of James Baldwin in recent years has returned his writings to the center of American discussions on race and inequality. That said, Baldwin’s prescience remains firmly rooted in the traditions of protest and spirituality woven in Afro-American music.

ED PAVLIC  is Distinguished Research Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia and author of Who Can Afford to Improvise: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners.

SHANA L. REDMOND is an interdisciplinary scholar of music, race, and politics and the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora.

ISHMAEL REED is a prize-winning essayist, novelist, poet and playwright.

QUINCY TROUPE, professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, and editor of Black Renaissance Noire, is an awarding-winning author of ten volumes of poetry.

JUSTIN DESMANGLES (moderator) is Chairman of the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation.


Council Chambers  |  4:45pm–6:00pm
Presented By: Before Columbus Foundation

Among the most beguiling and mercurial of American artists, Bob Dylan has long been regarded as one of the major poets in the last century. In 2016, Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature, igniting a firestorm of controversy internationally..

JOSHUA CLOVER is author of six books, including Riot.Strike.Riot: The New Era of Uprisings (Verso 2016)

PENELOPE HOUSTON is founder of the critically acclaimed proto-punk band The Avengers and author of the political anthems “The American in Me” and “We Are the One.”

QUINCY TROUPE, professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, and editor of Black Renaissance Noire, is an awarding-winning author of ten volumes of poetry.

JUSTIN DESMANGLES (moderator) is Chairman of the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation.

Oakland Book Festival to take place Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at Oakland City Hall

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Oakland City Hall
11am – 6pm | Free
Doors Open At 10:30am

The Oakland Book Festival is a one day, annual literary event. Dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasure of literacy, it aims to serve the reading public, to encourage debate, and to celebrate the City of Oakland. It will host more than sixty writers in 2017 and is free and open to the public. 2017’s theme is “Equality/Inequality”. For more information and a schedule of the day’s events, visit

Hip Hop Artist Mistah Fab to participate in Oakland Book Festival

The SF Gate discusses the Festival’s theme and Mistah Fab’s scheduled events.

Oakland Book Festival covered by San Francisco Chronicle

The Chronicle considers how authors deal with social inequality.

The Oakland Book Festival takes place Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Oakland City Hall. More information can be found at

NPR Covers the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Ishmael Reed’s upcoming performance of his play “Life Among the Aryans” is promoted within:

Deepa Iyer on the impact of ICE in courtrooms for Colorlines

Iyer won the 2016 American Book Award for “We Too Sing America”. With Archi Pyati:

Ishmael Reed’s play “Life Among The Aryans” at Nuyorican Poets Cafe Thursday June 22, 2017

Celebrated playwright, poet and novelist Ishmael Reed stars in this workshop staging of his newest play, a satire that chronicles the misadventures of two hapless revolutionaries. Reed is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Langston Hughes Medal; he has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Many of Reed’s previous theatrical works have premiered at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (including, most recently, “The Final Version”, in 2013). This staged reading of Reed’s newest play is directed by Rome Neal.

Tickets can be purchased from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s website:

Cambridge Scholarly Publishing releases “American Multiculturalism in Context”, a compilation helmed by Ishmael Reed

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of American Multiculturalism in Context: Views from at Home and Abroad, edited by Sämi Ludwig.

In March 2015, a group of experts from four continents and a wide range of disciplines met with the leading African American writer Ishmael Reed in Mulhouse, France, and Basel, Switzerland. Guided by Swiss cultural and literary theorist Sämi Ludwig, and deliberately migrating back and forth across a political border in the heart of Europe, they not only listened to Reed and discussed his work, but also looked more widely at the different meanings assigned to “multiculturalism” in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. This volume brings together their reflections.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

American Multiculturalism in Context: Views from at Home and Abroad can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

For further information on placing an order for this title, please contact

About the Editor

Sämi Ludwig is a Professeur des Universités at the University of Upper Alsace Mulhouse, France. He received his education at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and has published in REAL, AmerikaStudien, Mosaic, the Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison, The African American Review, and The Journal for Asian American Studies. In his PhD thesis on intercultural communication in the work of Maxine Hong Kingston and Ishmael Reed, he outlined a theory of the metaphorical tracing of the intention constructions of the other. His second book, titled Cognitive Realism: The Pragmatist Paradigm in American Literary Realism, focuses on the convergences of American Realism and pragmatist theory, and was published in 2002. In addition to intercultural issues and questions of cognitive and pragmatist approaches to literature, he is also interested in the big picture of literary history and colonial American culture, and occasionally writes about poetry.

Table of contents linked from AEDEAN (Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies):