High School graduates much less likely to read books than college graduates

Andrew Perrin writes for the Pew Research Center about a new study on who reads regularly and who does not:


Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, American Book Award winner, on Thanksgiving

From Democracy Now, an interview with historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz about the true meaning of Thanksgiving:


Laila Lalami, American Book Award recipient, on The Identity Politics of Whiteness

In the wake of the U.S. presidential election, ABA award winner Laila Lalami has written about white American identity for the New York Times:


Journalist Wahajat Ali gives keynote speech on Islamaphobia at International Education Week

Ali is an award-winning journalist and sits on the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation.

From The New Political: http://thenewpolitical.com/internationally-renowned-journalist-wajahat-ali-explores-islamophobia-international-education-week-keynote-speech/

Marlon James named Macalaster College’s first writer-in-residence


Marlon James, Professor of English, has become writer-in-residence at Macalaster College. James has won the American Book Award in 2015 for A Brief History of Seven Killings and sits on the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation.

Marlon James discusses Diversity with the Literary Hub

James, Professor of English at Macalaster College, received the American Book Award in 2015 for his A Brief History of Seven Killings, and sits on the board of directors for the Before Columbus Foundation.


Salon with American Book Award recipient Jeff Chang

The interview discusses race in America in this cultural moment.


Ishmael Reed to be interviewed on radio program New Day Jazz

This Sunday, October 2, 2016, poet, playwright, essayist and novelist, Ishmael Reed returns to New Day Jazz in the 5 o’clock hour. Real jazz, real talk, where every month is Black History Month. New Day Jazz broadcasts every Sunday, 3-6 p.m. Pacific time at KDVS.


Rudolfo Anaya, author and director of Before Columbus Foundation, receives Presidential Medal for literature

Video footage of the ceremony available from the New York Times:



American Book Award winner Arthur Dong covered by The Establishment

“Arthur Dong’s films spotlight Asian-American and Queer history.”