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Ishmael Reed critiques Presidential Election

American Book Award recipient Robin D.G. Kelley on the passing of Cedric J Robinson.

From Counter-punch, “When Cedric submitted his dissertation for approval, the faculty did not know what to make of it. One by one, individual members resigned from his committee citing an inability to understand the work. No one could reasonably reject a thesis so sound, elegant, and erudite, but few were willing to sign off. Only after Cedric threatened legal action was his thesis finally accepted—nearly four years later. Finding a publisher proved equally difficult.”

2016 Oakland Book Festival covered by San Francisco Examiner

“I was deeply impressed by the intellectual depth of the festival, finding panels that were bold and courageous, unflinching,” says Justin Desmangles, describing last year’s event. Desmangles, chair of the Before Columbus Foundation, a 40-year-old Oakland nonprofit that champions contemporary American multicultural literature, organized 2016 panels including: “Multiracial Literature in America” featuring Victor LaValle, Emily Raboteau and John Keene at 11 a.m.; “Confessions of a Number One Son: Chinese-American Literature Now,” featuring Frank Chin, Genny Lim and Calvin McMillin at 11 a.m.; and “The F.B.I.’s War on Culture,” with William J. Maxwell, Seth Rosenfeld and Frank B. Wilderson III at 1:45 p.m.”

Discussion with Henry A. Giroux on the Violence of Forgetting.

From the New York Times. Giroux’s book on the subject, The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disinformation Machine is available from City Lights Press.

Craig Santos Perez gives acceptance speech and poetry performance at 2015 American Book Awards

Footage courtesy of C-Span.

SFJazz Poetry Festival, April 14-17th, Curated by Ishmael Reed

Young poets from Youth Speaks will join a number of major Bay Area authors, poets, spoken word artists and MCs in Joe Henderson Lab for the 4th Annual SFJAZZ Poetry Festival curated by Ishmael Reed, April 14-17!

Before Columbus and Oakland Book Festival host event to Celebrate Poet Bob Kaufman

WHEN: Monday, April 11th, 2016 @ 4pm
WHERE: San Francisco Public Library Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
The Before Columbus Foundation in association with the Oakland Book Festival and the African-American Center of the San Francisco Public Library present:

Anne Waldman, Will Alexander, David Boyce & Kevin Carnes

“Does the Secret Mind Whisper? Celebrating Bob Kaufman, Poet”

The life and legacy of Bob Kaufman, one of the most innovative and exciting voices in American poetry of the late 20th century, is celebrated by a gathering of formidable talents. Anne Waldman, a towering presence in international arts and letters, one of the pre-eminent poets of our times, will be joined by African-American surrealist poet, playwright, and essayist Will Alexander, presenting original work as well as classics from Kaufman himself. Collaborating with both Waldman and Alexander will be multi-instrumentalists David Boyce on saxophones and Kevin Carnes on drums and various percussion. Boyce and Carnes have been among the most fertile and imaginative improvisers in the world of free jazz for over 25 years as members of the legendary Broun Fellinis.
This event is free and open to the public.

American Book Award winner, Laila Lalami on media coverage of terrorism

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American Book Award winner, Laila Lalami, covers Trump campaign for The Nation

C-Span broadcasting footage of the 2015 American Book Awards ceremony

The ceremony took place October 25, 2015 at the SFJazz center. Ceremonies for the American Book Awards will be broadcast on C-Span2 / BookTV this Saturday afternoon, Dec. 19, at 4:15 Eastern.