9 Poignant Books by Black Authors You Have to Read

9 Poignant Books by Black Authors You Have to Read

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Beautifully written and deeply moving, these nine books explore race and identity. Tinged with each author’s personal experience, these stories are raw, visceral, and unapologetic.   Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi     Image Via Amazon   Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into separate villages. They go on to face wildly different fates; Effia marrys an Englishman and lives out a life of comfort, while Esi is sold into slavery and shipped off to America.  One vein follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of turmoil in Ghana as the Asante and Fante nations wrestle with colonization. The other vein follows …

Zadie Smith to Release First Book of Short Stories in 2019

Zadie Smith to Release First Book of Short Stories in 2019

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October 3rd, 2019 is when Zadie Smith will be publishing her first collection of short stories with Hamish Hamilton entitled, Grand Union.    Image Via Thebookseller.com   “Her very best, drawn from two decades of remarkable short fiction,” the publisher said.   The collection will contain ten new stories. Hamish Hamilton’s publishing director, Simon Prosser shared the book cover of Smith’s new book designed by Jonathan Gray.   Featured Image Via Nytimes.com (Photo: Jackie Nickerson)

17 Pieces of Wisdom from Zadie Smith

17 Pieces of Wisdom from Zadie Smith

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Today is the 43rd birthday of Zadie Smith— a literary powerhouse whose first novel, White Teeth, was published when she was twenty-five. Biracial and the daughter of a Jamaican immigrant, Smith uses recurring motifs of personal, familial, and cultural histories— three things which are occasionally the exact same thing and just as occasionally contradictory to each other. Now a tenured professor at NYU, Smith continues to explore race, class, and the reaches of fate in a way that makes them less of topics to discuss and more of worlds to climb into. To celebrate, here are seventeen quotes on life, writing, and perception from Smith’s full …

“We’ll Be Back Out Tomorrow,” Says Zadie Smith After NYC Terror Attack

“We’ll Be Back Out Tomorrow,” Says Zadie Smith After NYC Terror Attack

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English novelist, essayist, and short story writer Zadie Smith has written an essay called “Under the Banner of New York” about the tragic event that grieved the city last week.   Image Via CNN   Smith shares her thoughts on how New Yorkers, in our “elastic social arrangement,” respond to such events, and how we faintheartedly carry on with our week unsure of what to do or how to help. In the moment, however, we do all come together and assist in any way we can.    Like many a New Yorker right now I talk a good game but my mind is scattered, disordered. To me, the …

Zadie Smith Says Social Media Robs People of the ‘Right to Be Wrong’

Zadie Smith Says Social Media Robs People of the ‘Right to Be Wrong’

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Winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Guardian First Book Award, among other high profile accolades, author extraordinaire Zadie Smith steers clear of social media.    Speaking to New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, Smith said, ‘because I’m not on Twitter, I’m not on Instagram, I’m not on the internet, I never hear people shouting at me.’   Zadie Smith: does not tweet / Image Via The Telegraph   The Huffington Post quoted Smith as going on to say:    I have seen on Twitter, I’ve seen it at a distance, people have a feeling at 9am quite strongly, and then by 11 …