Monthly Archives: March 2019

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive includes Ishmael Reed in the African Film Festival 2019

Ishmael Reed’s 1980 film Personal Problemsis a black soap opera unfolding in the melancholy of the blues. Enlisting legendary Bill Gunn as director, Reed and producer Walter Cotton sketched out an improvisatory scenario exploring the moody tribulations of a group of Harlem residents. – Steve Seid

See the rest of the program for the African Film Festival on the BAMPFA’s website:

The Poetry Center invites Tim Z. Hernandez to be part of In Common Writers Series

Hernandez’s Skin Tax received the American Book Award in 2006. He joins Marguerite Muñoz and René Juarez-Vazquez for a reading of recent works.
Thursday, May 9 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University
Free and open to the public.

The event’s full details can be found on the Poetry Center’s website:

You may RSVP to the event on Facebook:

Laila Lalami interviewed by The Guardian

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2016. They discuss a variety of topics including background, current works, and political events. From The Guardian:

In-depth interview with Laila Lalami about her favorite books

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account won an American Book Award in 2016. The New York Times has interviewed her for their “By The Book” series.

Poets Will Alexander and Cecilia Vicuña host collaborative reading

Long-time friends, Cecilia Vicuña and Will Alexander came together for the first time to read and discuss their many varied involvements. Alexander’s Singing In Magnetic Hoofbeat: Essays, Prose, Texts, Interviews, and a Lecture received the 2013 American Book Award, and he sits on Before Columbus Foundation’s board of directors. Coverage of the event from Entropy Magazine.

Marlon James and Victor LaValle in conversational interview

The two authors discuss topics relevant to their writing in a candid and insightful conversation. Marlon James received the American Book Award in 2015 for his novel A Brief History Of Seven Killings, and subsequently joined Before Columbus Foundation’s board of directors. Victor LaValle’s The Changeling received the American Book Award in 2018.