Monthly Archives: May 2017

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.

RACE, ETHNICITY, AND THE NEW AMERICAN LITERATURE

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.

http://www.oaklandbookfestival.org/2017-festival-programming/2017/5/4/race-ethnicity-and-the-new-american-literature

JAMES BALDWIN: FREEDOM STRUGGLE AND BLUES IMPULSE

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.

http://www.oaklandbookfestival.org/2017-festival-programming/2017/5/4/james-baldwin-freedom-struggle-and-blues-impulse

BOB DYLAN AND THE NOBEL PRIZE CONTROVERSY

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.

http://www.oaklandbookfestival.org/2017-festival-programming/bob-dylan-and-the-nobel-prize-controversy

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 http://www.oaklandbookfestival.org

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. http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Mistah-F-A-B-to-speak-at-Oakland-Book-Festival-11133362.php

Oakland Book Festival covered by San Francisco Chronicle

The Chronicle considers how authors deal with social inequality. http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/Oakland-Book-Festival-to-take-up-equality-and-11107609.php

The Oakland Book Festival takes place Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Oakland City Hall. More information can be found at http://www.oaklandbookfestival.org

NPR Covers the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Ishmael Reed’s upcoming performance of his play “Life Among the Aryans” is promoted within: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/04/08/522988411/the-nuyorican-poets-caf-a-cauldron-for-poetry-and-politics?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

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: https://www.colorlines.com/articles/courthouses-may-no-longer-be-safe-spaces-undocumented-immigrants

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: http://www.nuyorican.org/event/1462483