Category Archives: Foundation News

The Guardian reviews Laila Lalami’s “The Other Americans”

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2016.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/29/the-other-americans-by-laila-lalami-review?fbclid=IwAR2na4nwDhH1dOi2MH35LVHpKDSHbAoIU4OKgcHe8XeJ0gTlR2ao_owRIvI

Ishmael Reed reviews performance of Broadway play “Hamilton”

Ishmael Reed has been critical of the Broadway performance Hamilton since its debut. He summarizes his perspective on a recent viewing of its performance in an article in The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Datebook:

A full production of my play, ” The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda,” beginning May 23 at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, and directed by the award-winning Rome Neal, will not only present voices that are missing from “Hamilton: The Revolution” — Native Americans, slaves and white indentured servants — but also expose an upheaval that is happening in the American Historical Establishment as women, blacks, Native American and Latinx have their say.

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: https://bampfa.org/program/african-film-festival-2019

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.

https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/marlon-james-and-victor-lavalle-have-a-conversation.html

Designer Grace Wales Bonner discusses fashion with Ishmael Reed

The London-based artist holds a conversational interview with Ishmael Reed discussing influences, interpretation, and interrelation between art forms. From Interview Magazine. https://www.interviewmagazine.com/fashion/grace-wales-bonner-ishmael-reed-conversation?fbclid=IwAR3iTcT3h5DIhIU4nQAb76Ib5Vm3qnd2ZXhfMBuiveFxxzv9VHFUOjtuGYk

New York Times covers Ishmael Reed’s play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda”

Ishmael Reed’s play aims to counter misinformation spread by popular Broadway play Hamilton. It is showing at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe in Manhattan. From NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/nyregion/hamilton-lin-manuel-miranda-the-haunting.html?ref=oembed

Joseph Rios Discusses debut “Shadowboxing: poems and impersonations”

Joseph Rios’ debut collection of writing, Shadowboxing: poems and impersonations received the American Book Award in 2018.

LA Review of Books interviews Victor LaValle

LaValle received the American Book Award in 2010 for Big Machine and again in 2018 for Changeling, which is being developed into a small-screen series. “His books tackle mental illness, poverty, and parenthood in a variety of genres. LaValle’s most recent publications, the H. P. Lovecraft–inspired novella The Ballad of Black Tom and the American Book Award–winning novel The Changeling, are being developed for the small screen by AMC and FX respectively.” https://www.lareviewofbooks.org/…/the-craft-is-all-the-same…#!

Rachelle Cruz’s American Book Award Brings Attention to Region’s authors

Rachelle Cruz is a lecturer at University of California Riverside. Her collection of poetry, God’s Will For Monsters, received the American Book Award in 2018.