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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.

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"In interviews with 13 black writers including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nikki Giovanni, and Edwidge Danticat, Golden (Migrations of the Heart) celebrates the pleasure of reading and writing spliced with personal glimpses of the contributors (late reader, straight-D student, ex-prisoner, college professor, illiterate mother, bookstore-owning father) that reveal the extraordinary diversity in literary tastes and habits. Even as many of the writers mention reading the canonical Du Bois, Hughes, Morrison, Ellison, and Baldwin, others are drawn to Madame Bovary and Madeline, Catch-22 and Carlyle. Essayists testify to the inspiration of particular teachers, the encouragement of other writers (two mention Gwendolyn Brooks specifically), and most frequently parental enabling and support. Golden's introduction is moving and often lyrical; her headnotes are succinct and helpful; her interviewer voice is muted, direct, and consistently directed toward letting the writer speak. 'I tremble with anticipation each time I open a book,' writes Golden. 'I smile with satisfaction when I read the last page.' Her readers will do the same. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

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.

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 211

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Heather L, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by Heather L)
This is a fantastic book. Marita Golden asked great questions, not only about reading and writing, but also about the state of education in our country and the recent decline in reading for pleasure. All of the writers she interviewed have inspirational stories to tell; inspirational not only for young people, but for adults, too. They all describe how picking up that first book changed their lives and how, by writing, they are giving back and hope that others can share that same experience. I really enjoyed reading about their histories, what inspired them to start reading, what their favorite books are, which books they would recommend to others, and how each of them approaches their own writing. To be honest, I had never heard of many of these writers--or some of the books they recommend--so I also discovered many new books that I’d like to read. Even though each of their stories is unique, they all had a common message: reading is very important. Reading is fundamental. You cannot really learn without reading. Reading helps us understand the world and the people around us. It helps us learn empathy. Reading promotes independent and critical thinking. It empowers us. I could go on and on. I love what J. California Cooper says about reading:

“…a book is a mind, it’s somebody’s brain you’re meeting. The author of the book is preparing you for life. A book is a world, a book is a friend, that’s why people love books. A book is a marvelous thing. It’s a person between covers.”

I would definitely recommend this book to readers and writers alike, both young and adult.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767929912
Author:
Golden, Marita
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
African American authors
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.98 x 5.16 x .59 in .42 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In interviews with 13 black writers including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nikki Giovanni, and Edwidge Danticat, Golden (Migrations of the Heart) celebrates the pleasure of reading and writing spliced with personal glimpses of the contributors (late reader, straight-D student, ex-prisoner, college professor, illiterate mother, bookstore-owning father) that reveal the extraordinary diversity in literary tastes and habits. Even as many of the writers mention reading the canonical Du Bois, Hughes, Morrison, Ellison, and Baldwin, others are drawn to Madame Bovary and Madeline, Catch-22 and Carlyle. Essayists testify to the inspiration of particular teachers, the encouragement of other writers (two mention Gwendolyn Brooks specifically), and most frequently parental enabling and support. Golden's introduction is moving and often lyrical; her headnotes are succinct and helpful; her interviewer voice is muted, direct, and consistently directed toward letting the writer speak. 'I tremble with anticipation each time I open a book,' writes Golden. 'I smile with satisfaction when I read the last page.' Her readers will do the same. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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