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This Week on Well Read TV: Leonard Pitts, Jr. Talks about Grant Park

This week on Well Read, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Leonard Pitts, Jr. will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about his most recent novel, Grant Park (2015). In his fourth work of fiction, Pitts alternates between two volatile years—1968 and 2008—to intertwine the narratives of two very different men: Malcolm […]

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Disgraced: Exploring Islamophobia
By September 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Disgraced: Exploring Islamophobia

Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play now running at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, captures the essence of racial profiling: the belief that what we look like is more important than what we really are. Pakistani-American lawyer Amir Kapoor is a kaleidoscope of identities, but he is not a practicing Muslim, having eschewed Islam long ago. Still, because he looks […]

Required Reading: Between the World and Me
By August 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Required Reading: Between the World and Me

Not long ago, I wrote about James Baldwin’s seminal book about race in America, The Fire Next Time. In every era there are books that are popular and others that are important and some that are both. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is garnering the kind of praise, enthusiasm, and reverence that […]

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Understanding Ferguson: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time
By January 22, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Understanding Ferguson: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time

Reading James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (1962) has been revelatory. Baldwin never minced words and his appraisal of the racism of his time is directly linked to ours and the protests in Ferguson. It’s a short book that I highly recommend. James Baldwin was the American author of such classic works as Go Tell It […]

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Choosing Race: Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row
By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Choosing Race: Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row

What if you could choose to become another race? What if you could change your skin color, your eye appearance, voice and body? Jess Row’s novel Your Face in Mine explores these questions and more. Kelly Thorndike has returned to Baltimore after the sudden, devastating loss of his wife and daughter when he runs into […]

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Race in America: Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Race in America: Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian born author Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie has written a powerful, politically-charged novel in Americanah, and book groups should take note. Americanah is the story of a Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who moves to the United States to further her education and spends her years abroad analyzing and processing what it means to be a “Non-American Black.” […]

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Ann Patchett’s Run and Discussing Race
By January 12, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Ann Patchett’s Run and Discussing Race

Last month my book group discussed Ann Patchett’s Run. Before we started our discussion I asked the group how many of them had read Patchett before. We had read Bel Canto years before in my group, but as members come and go, some were there and some were not. Many said that Bel Canto was […]

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