Q&A: HOW GLORY EDIM FOUND HER VOICE IN HER ANTHOLOGY ‘WELL-READ BLACK GIRL’
(Quoting Glory Edim) ‘There’s so much to be said about Lucille Clifton. She is such a dynamic force and literary titan. That poem, for me, spoke to the demand to be seen, to be visible in the work, to be taken seriously and not be compared to anyone else; simply be seen for who you are. I just love the power in her voice. Renée Watson, one of the [anthology] contributors, talks about Lucille’s work about how, being able to be physically seen, Lucille changed her idea of who she was and how she could become a poet…’
1978 Award Winner by Lucille Clifton
2019 AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR IN PHOTOS
Nikki Grimes (One Last Word, Bloomsbury) and Floyd Cooper (contributor, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, Crown).
Bestselling authors Sharon Draper (Blended, Atheneum/Dlouhy) (l.) and Renée Watson (Watch Us Rise, Bloomsbury).
MPLS. WRITERS LOUISE ERDRICH AND MARLON JAMES DISCUSS HIS NEW BOOK, HIS NEXT BOOK AND BEING BLACK IN AMERICA
Not surprisingly, the questions were as thoughtful as the responses. Erdrich asked James about the research he conducted for the book; what music he listened to while he wrote; and the strong female characters he created–which are unusual for that genre.
‘TRUTH EATS LIES’: MARLON JAMES CREATES A NEW REALM OF FANTASY FICTION
On the first page of Marlon James’s phantasmagorical epic adventure novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the narrator declares, “Truth eats lies just as the crocodile eats the moon, and yet my witness is the same today as it will be tomorrow.” That short passage packs together all of the potent power of the 48-year-old Jamaican author, all of his brash assurance and gorgeous mythical imagery.
A few days into the new year, he spoke to the writer Louise Erdrich about the makings of a myth, the music of street noise, and a lifelong love of cooking.
LOUISE EDRICH NAMES ONE OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE’S 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL GRADUATES
Tucked between former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (class of 1937) and industrialist George Bissell (class of 1845) is Minnesota (and North Dakota) writer Louise Erdrich, No. 13 on the list of the 25 most influential graduates of Dartmouth College.
ENLIGHTEN ME: WILMINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY ADDS ‘SWAGGER’ TO READING
In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks to Nelson about engaging children and to the head of the Wilmington Public Library, Jamar Rahming, about that institution’s role in the community, especially connecting with kids.
SERIES COMPLEMENTS CARNEGIE’S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD EXHIBIT IN NEW ALBANY
Award-winning author Lesa Cline Ransome and illustrator James Ransome, who have together published numerous books on well-known figures in African American history and culture, will present at the Carnegie Center for Art and History. They will discuss the process of creating a book for children, individual titles, and the role of literature and research in writing. The session includes a Q&A and an interactive drawing demonstration with James Ransome.