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Episode 22 - Author James McBride

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Release Date: 07/12/2017

Episode 61 - Tananarive Due on Black Horror and The Between show art Episode 61 - Tananarive Due on Black Horror and The Between

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In our 60th episode, Lissa speaks with Queen of Black Horror Tananarive Due on the re-release of her 1995 debut novel The Between. Due is a leading voice in Black speculative fiction, and teaches about Black horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is also the award-winning author of numerous books and executive produced Shudder's groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.

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Episode 60 - LaTanya McQueen show art Episode 60 - LaTanya McQueen

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In this episode: LaTanya McQueen on her debut novel, When the Reckoning Comes which tells the story of Mira, a young Black woman, who travel's home to attend the plantation wedding of a childhood friend and is forced to contend with the personal and historical traumas of the place. She is also the author of the essay collection And it Begins Like This. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Coe College in Iowa.

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Episode 59 - Resmaa Menakem show art Episode 59 - Resmaa Menakem

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On this episode, Lissa sits down with Resmaa Menakem, the New York Times bestselling author of "My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies."

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Episode 58 - Carol Anderson show art Episode 58 - Carol Anderson

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On this episode we’re excited to present a conversation with author, historian, and educator Carol Anderson on her recent work The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. This conversation was recorded as part of a live virtual event in partnership with Magers & Quinn Booksellers  and Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church in Minneapolis.

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Episode 57 - Morgan Jerkins on her debut novel Caul Baby show art Episode 57 - Morgan Jerkins on her debut novel Caul Baby

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Essayist, memoirist, and, now, novelist Morgan Jerkins sits down with Lissa Jones. She discusses her inspirations for this story, both from her past (as a teenager she worked in her father's OB/GYN practice) and present (she tells us her character Amara was inspired by Vice President Kamala Harris). Though Caul Baby is a work of fiction with hints of magical realism, it is deeply rooted in the experiences of Black womanhood.

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Episode 56 - Poet Javon Johnson show art Episode 56 - Poet Javon Johnson

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Javon Johnson, Ph.D. is a poet, performer, professor and recipient of numerous awards. According to poet Rudy Francisco, Dr. Johnson is “is one of the most brilliant writers in the world”. His new poetry collection, Ain't Never Not Been Black (Button Poetry, 2020).

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Bonus: Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Poems in the wake of racial injustice  show art Bonus: Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Poems in the wake of racial injustice

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Listen to audio of poets reading their work from Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Poems in the wake of racial injustice.

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Episode 55 - Can't Stop, Won't Stop with Mary Moore Easter and Bernard James show art Episode 55 - Can't Stop, Won't Stop with Mary Moore Easter and Bernard James

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In this episode, Lissa speaks with Mary Moore Easter, editor and poet, and Bernard James, a poet who lives near the intersection now known as George Floyd Square. They discuss their poetry chapbook in response to the murder of George Floyd. The collection is titled Can't Stop Won't Stop the Rain Taxi Chapbook : Poems in response to the murder of George Floyd (copies can be found on Rain Taxi's website).

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Episode 54 - Claudia Rankine show art Episode 54 - Claudia Rankine

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Launching season six of Black Market Reads, Lissa interviews author Claudia Rankine about her latest work Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf Press, 2020). For highlights from the interview, and to listen to past episodes visit www.blackmarketreads.com.

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Episode 53 - Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III show art Episode 53 - Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III

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Author and scholar Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III on his latest work, Afropessimism. From his youth in Minneapolis to Apartheid South Africa, Dr. Wilderson is a committed activist for radical social change. His creative, scholarly, and critical work has been published internationally. He is the author of several books, including Incognegro: Memoir of Exile and Apartheid. And Red, White and Black. Dr. Wilderson is a professor of Drama and African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

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In this episode, host Lissa Jones talks with author/musician James McBride at Minneapolis' Ivy Hotel. McBride is the author of five books including Miracle at St. Anna, which McBride adapted for the Spike Lee-directed film of the same name released in 2008. His most recent novel, The Good Lord Bird, won the National Book Award in 2013 and inspired 'A talking music book,' combining pieces from the novel with music performed by McBride and an ensemble of other musicians called the Good Lord Bird Band.

Recordings of The Good Lord Bird: A Talking Music Book were provided by Riverhead Books, and clips were used with their permission.