The Guardian revisits Mumbo Jumbo

Johnathan McAloon reviews the history and continued importance of Ishmael Reed’s classic Mumbo Jumbo for the Guardian’s Books Blog.

2017 American Book Awards Event Details

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The 2017 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 22nd, from 12:00-2:30 p.m. at the SF Jazz Center, Joe Henderson Lab, 201 Franklin Street (at Fell), San Francisco, CA. This event is open to the public.

Deepa Iyer’s article from School Library Journal addresses Islamophobia

Iyer received the American Book Award in 2016 for We Too, Sing America.

Standing Up to Islamophobia

Shawna Yang Ryan discusses ‘Green Island’ at Vroman’s Books Pasadena

Yang has received the 2017 American Book Award for her novel Green Island. Video footage from Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA.

An Excerpt from Alfredo Vea’s “The Mexican Flyboy”

Alfredo Vea, Jr. has been awarded the 2017 American Book Award for “The Mexican Flyboy”. Read an excerpt at Somos en escrito:

San Francisco Public Library & Before Columbus Foundation to host celebration of Thelonious Monk

“Thelonious Monk at 100: Celebrating the High Priest of Bebop”

Musical revolutionary and cultural iconoclast, Thelonious Monk was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Join Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, and Justin Desmangles, host of the radio program New Day Jazz, for a centenary celebration discussing the jazz legend. This event is free and open to the public.

Robin D. G. Kelley is Chair of the Department of African American Studies and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Justin Desmangles is Chair of the Before Columbus Foundation, administrator of the American Book Award, and host of the radio program New Day Jazz, now in its 15th year.

Saturday, October 28 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM

San Francisco Public Library – Western Addition Branch

1550 Scott St, San Francisco, California 94115

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Justin Desmangles considers the Yin and the Yang of Miles Davis for SFMOMA

Desmangles, Chair of the Before Columbus Foundation, was invited by The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to publish as part of a unique experiment called ‘Open Space’.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz covered in Santa Fe New Mexican

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz received the American Book Award in 2015 for An Indigenous People’s History of the United States. Profiled by the Santa Fe New Mexican

Poet Anne Waldman to perform ‘Trance Abyss’ September 19th

Anne Waldman received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 American Book Awards. Waldman will read recent work, including her poem Trance Abyss, written in dialogue with Steir’s newest body of work, to be published in the exhibition catalogue Pat Steir. Waldman will be joined by musicians Janice Lowe, James Brandon Lewis, Ambrose Bye, and Devin Brahja Waldman.

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Tuesday, September 19, 7 PM

Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings to be adapted for video series

Marlon James sits on the Board of Directors for the Before Columbus Foundation. James’ award winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, received an American Book Award in 2015. Melina Matsoukas, director of HBO Series Insecure, is adapting the project for Amazon Studios.