Monthly Archives: June 2020

Robin Kelley Discusses Abolitionist Movement in Interview

Historian and UCLA professor of African American studies Robin Kelley is a recipient of the American Book Award. He discusses the potential for change in the current political moment with The Intercept:

https://theintercept.com/2020/06/27/robin-dg-kelley-intercepted/?amp=1&fbclid=IwAR2fm79tpQiofsM-i-DDv0v-AQmxCUPFxwFh64-EWPjD0xV–Ao44ei47MU

Ishmael Reed Dispels Myths About Juneteenth and Civil War Era

Reed examines the history of the recently sensationalized holiday in an opinion piece in The San Francisco Chronicle:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Juneteenth-The-end-of-Texas-history-of-slavery-15351231.php?fbclid=IwAR1yD1AcyGTHX1O0bzSQbqMdNFgQmP538T6zbawvjuFaSF7k5GF7X6_kTqo

Greil Marcus and Justin Desmangles to Discuss Latest Book

Greil Marcus will discuss with the subject of his new book Under the Red White and Blue: Patriotism, Disenchantment and the Stubborn Myth of the Great Gatsby published by Yale University Press. He will be interviewed by the Before Columbus Foundation’s Chair, Justin Desmangles this coming Thursday, June 18, at 6pm PST/ 9pm EST. The event will be hosted online by City Lights Booksellers. See the weblink below for more information:

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/greil-marcus/register?fbclid=IwAR188OVoulNI4_kC_lBFQ5MgBp8Y51VfIy6GUcQ5-m1sjAVs8Xfohy-ap9I

Robin D.G. Kelley Discusses American Uprisings with Amy Goodman

Historian and UCLA professor of African American studies Robin Kelley is a recipient of the American Book Award.

From Democracy Now:

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/6/11/robin_dg_kelley_social_movements?fbclid=IwAR31TCeKZljGsYihkKI5GITfwo81zEhITS1nYJxrEFCfpAeHAfaFLnUMWWA

Natalie Diaz Nominated for Forward Poetry Prize

Natalie Diaz is a MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient and former professional basketball player. When My Brother Was an Aztec received the American Book Award in 2013. Her collection, Postcolonial Love Poem, has made the shortlist for the prestigious Forward prize for best collection. From the Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/10/forward-poetry-prizes-shortlists-natalie-diaz?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&fbclid=IwAR2Q6xCv6KtzgiyDGzLmVI2rgNFs74Nc60CMSqWMWWgQ1vQwxXS4hM92_YQ

Ishmael Reed Discusses Black Lives Matter with Writer’s Discussion Panel

Frank B. Wilderson

Frank Wilderson III and Justin Desmangles discuss Frank’s new book, Afropessimism, published by Norton/Liveright. Event hosted by City Lights Bookstore’s Josiah Luis Alderete and originally broadcast via Zoom on May 28th, 2020. Wilderson’s book Incognegro:
A Memoir of Exile & Apartheid
 received the American Book Award in 2008.

Joy Harjo Discusses Poetry, Fear, Spirituality in Interview

The United States Poet Laureate received the American Book Award in 2013 for Crazy Brave. From the New York Times: