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The Word : Black Writers Talk about the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing

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Critically acclaimed Black writers reveal how books have shaped their personal lives--in often unexpected ways. In these thirteen strikingly candid interviews, bestselling authors, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and writers picked by Oprah's Book Club discuss how the acts of reading and writing have deeply affected their lives by expanding the conceptual borders of their communities and broadening their sense of self. Edwidge Danticat movingly recounts the first time she encountered a Black character in a book and how this changed her worldview forever; Edward P. Jones speaks openly about being raised by an illiterate mother; J. California Cooper discusses the spiritual sources of her literary inspiration; Nathan McCall explains how reading saved his life while in prison; Pearl Cleage muses eloquently about how other people's stories help one make one's own way in the world; and world-renowned historian John Hope Franklin--in one of the last interviews he gave before his death--touchingly recalls his childhood in the segregated South and how reading opened his mind to life's greater possibilities. The stories that emerge from these in-depth interviews not only provide an important record of the creative life of leading Black writers but also explore the vast cultural and spiritual benefits of reading and writing, and they support the growing initiative to encourage people to read as both a passion and a pastime.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 209 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 113.4g
  • BROADWAY BOOKS
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0767929918
  • 9780767929912
  • 2,210,715

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Critically acclaimed Black writers reveal how books have shaped their personal lives in often unexpected ways. In these thirteen strikingly candid interviews, bestselling authors, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and writers picked by Oprah s Book Club discuss how the acts of reading and writing have deeply affected their lives by expanding the conceptual borders of their communities and broadening their sense of self. Edwidge Danticat movingly recounts the first time she encountered a Black character in a book and how this changed her worldview forever; Edward P. Jones speaks openly about being raised by an illiterate mother; J. California Cooper discusses the spiritual sources of her literary inspiration; Nathan McCall explains how reading saved his life while in prison; Pearl Cleage muses eloquently about how other people s stories help one make one s own way in the world; and world-renowned historian John Hope Franklin in one of the last interviews he gave before his death touchingly recalls his childhood in the segregated South and how reading opened his mind to life s greater possibilities. The stories that emerge from these in-depth interviews not only provide an important record of the creative life of leading Black writers but also explore the vast cultural and spiritual benefits of reading and writing, and they support the growing initiative to encourage people to read as both a passion and a pastime. Includes interviews with: Chimamanda N. Adichie Faith Adiele Pearl Cleage J. California Cooper Ellis Cose Edwidge Danticat John Hope Franklin Nikki Giovanni Wil Haygood Mat Johnson Edward P. Jones David Levering Lewis Nathan McCall"show more

About Marita Golden

MARITA GOLDEN is an award-winning author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. She is the cofounder and president emeritus of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.show more

Table of contents

Contents Introduction 1 Part I READING BEYOND BORDERS Ellis Cose 13 Faith Adiele 33 Edward P. Jones 47 Edwidge Danticat 61 Part II READING FOR THE MIND Pearl Cleage 79 David Levering Lewis 95 Nathan McCall 111 Mat Johnson 127 John Hope Franklin 137 Part III READING FOR THE SOUL J. California Cooper 157 Chimamanda N. Adichie 169 Wil Haygood 183 Nikki Giovanni 201 Acknowledgments 211show more

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