Quail Ridge Books Presents: A Year of Reading James Baldwin with Jaki Shelton Green
JAKI SHELTON GREEN, Poet Laureate of North Carolina, will be the facilitator for a series of four discussions featuring the work of writer James Baldwin. This is the first in the series.
August 18: Baldwin's 1963 book of essays, The Fire Next Time
November 17: Going to Meet The Man
February 2: If Beale Street Could Talk
The 4th date will be announced soon.
Are all welcome. Quail Ridge Books is offering a 21% discount to anyone buying James Baldwin's books for the discussion.
James Baldwin was an acclaimed writer whose work spans many genres, explores themes of race, sexual identity, class and religion and remains relevant today.
Jaki Shelton Green is North Carolina's Poet Laureate and the award-winning author of 8 volumes of poetry. She teaches Documentary Poetry at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies.
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document.
"There's no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it." The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, and their stories, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in which they try to keep their head above water.
In this honest and stunning novel, now a major motion picture directed by Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice.