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

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