A Year of Reading James Baldwin with Jaki Shelton Green
JAKI SHELTON GREEN, Poet Laureate of North Carolina, will facilitate a series of four discussions featuring the work of writer James Baldwin.
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.
"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.
"Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone’s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.” --Ta-Nehisi Coates
In this honest and stunning novel that inspired the award-winning major motion picture of the same name, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice.
"A major work of Black American fiction... His best novel yet, even Baldwin's most devoted readers are due to be stunned by it." –The New Republic