Kendra Allen shares a reading list to celebrate her debut essay collection, WHEN YOU LEARN THE ALPHABET.
Tags: Alice Walker, bell hooks, Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood, Chasing Destiny, cherrie moraga, Claudia Rankine, Don't Let Me Be Lonely, Eric Jerome Dickey, Flyy Girl, Frankenstein, Giovanni's Room, Hilton Als, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Kendra Allen, Kiese Laymon, Loving in the War Years, Mary Shelley, Men We Reaped, Omar Tyree, Sister Souljah, the bluest eye, The Coldest Winter Ever, The Color Purple, Toni Morrison, University of Iowa Press, What to Read When, When You Learn the Alphabet, white girls
Terry H. Watkins shares a list of books to celebrate her novel, DARLING GIRL.
Tags: Alice Walker, Angie Thomas, anne of green gables, charlotte bronte, Circe, Darling Girl, Eleanor H. Porter, Harper Lee, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Jane Eyre, Joan Didion, L.M. Montgomery, Larry McMurtry, Lilith’s Brood, little women, louisa may alcott, Lynn Povich, Madeline Miller, Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, play it as it lays, Pollyanna, Stieg Larsson, Suzanne Collins, Terms of Endearment, Terry H. Watkins, Terry Watkins, The Color Purple, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Good Girls Revolt, The Hate U Give, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, What to Read When
“I understood in that moment that my life had changed forever. And it has.”
Tags: activism, Alice Walker, american south, angela davis, Aretha Franklin, Chain Chain Change, Columbia Journalism School, domestic violence, Evelyn C. White, Evelyn Corliss White, Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone, feminism, Getting Free, Ginny NiCarthy, Joanne Bealy, journalism, Natalia Dubno Shevin, Nikki Giovanni, publishing industry, Pulitzer Prize, San Francisco Chronicle, Seal Press, The African Americans, The Black Women’s Health Book, The Color Purple
Authors whose works have been challenged or banned give recommendations on other “uncomfortable” books that will make you a better person for having read them.
Tags: 10000 Dresses, A Midwinter Break, A Time to Kill, Alain Deneault, Alice Walker, American Library Association, Andrew Aydin, Angie Thomas, banned books, beloved, Bernard MacLaverty, censorship, Charles Johnson, chris hedges, crank, Daughter of the Forrest, David France, Edward P. Jones, Einstein's Beach House, Ellen Hopkins, Emily Rosenblum, Empire of Illusions, growing, Harper Lee, Heather Has Two Mommies, How to Survive a Plague, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Imperial Canada Inc, In the Night Kitchen, It's Perfectly Normal, Jacob M. Appel, James Joyce, Janet Fitch, John Grisham, John Lewis, Juliet Marillier, Leslea Newman, Life is Funny, Love Comes Later, MARCH series, Marcus Ewert, Margo Lanagan, mariko tamaki, maurice sendak, Maya Angelou, Middle Passage, Mohana Rajakumar, Nate Powell, Nawal El Saadawi, No Choirboy, reading recommendations, Rex Ray, Robie H. Harris, Spencer Folkins, Susan Kuklin, Tender Morsels, the bluest eye, The Color Purple, The Hate U Give, The Known World, This One Summer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Toni Morrison, Ulysses, What to Read When, White Oleander, Woman at Point Zero
A list of memoirs, fiction, poetry collections, and nonfiction that deal with rape culture and the many ways that is shapes our society and the women and men who live within it.
Tags: A Piece of Cake, Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich, Alice Walker, An Untamed State, Because I Remember Terror, book recommendations, carmen maria machado, Cupcake Brown, domestic violence, Donald Trump, Dorothy Allison, Elissa Washuta, Girls Like Us, Harvey Weinstein, Her Body and Other Parties, I'm So Fine, Jen Cross, Jennifer Whitaker, Judith Herman, Khadijah Queen, Landscape with Sex and Violence, Lauren Berry, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lynn Melnick, Maxine Hong Kingston, My Body Is a Book of Rules, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Rachel Lloyd, rape, Roxane Gay, sexual assault, sexual violence, Stephen Chbosky, Sue William Silverman, The Blue Hour, The Chronology of Water, The Color Purple, The Fact of a Body, The Lifting Dress, The Telling, The Woman Warrior, Trauma and Recovery, Trump, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, Wendy C. Ortiz, What to Read When, Writing Ourselves Whole, Zoe Zolbrod
Tags: alcohol, Alice Anderson, custody, domestic violence, emotional abuse, Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi, motherhood, New Orleans, parenting, Some Bright Morning I'll Fly Away, St. Martin's Press, The Color Purple
Bonnie Jo Campbell discusses her collection
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, the natural world as a character, and finding writing from the male point of view easier. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Abuse, Alice Walker, American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Boston, Catherine Eaton, Chicago, children, domestic violence, farming, Flannery O'Connor, gang rape, gender roles, James Cain, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo River, los angeles, Michigan, Midwest, motherhood, National Book Award, nature, Once Upon a River, Pacific University, point of view, poverty, Q Road, Rachel Crane, rape, Robert Olen Butler, rural life, rural noir, setting, sexual assault, short stories, The Color Purple, The Guardian, The Postman Always Rings Twice, trauma, violence, Women & Other Animals
Tara Betts discusses her newest collection,
Break the Habit, the burden placed on black women artists to be both artist and activist, and why writing is rooted in identity. ...more
Tags: academia, activism, Alice Walker, arc & hue, audre lorde, Baby Sweets, Binghamton, Black Panthers, black women, Blackberry: a magazine, break the habit, Chicago, comic books, Comics, consent, death, Deesha Philyaw, Def Poetry Jam, Denise Levertov, depression, Devil Dinosaur, divorce, Donald Trump, economic inequality, Eve Ewing, f. scott fitzgerald, family, Foucault, gender inequality, girlspeak, Glen Campbell, grief, Hadiya Pendeleton, heartbreak, heroines, hip-hop, Huey P. Newton, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, identity, Iron Man, jazz, Jeff Chang, Jessica Care Moore, Joan Didion, Kate Zambreno, Larry Levis, Lauryn Hill, Luke Cage, marriage, marriage equality, Maya Angelou, memories, Mental Health, Moon Girl, mothers, mothers and daughters, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Nina Simone, ntozake shange, patriarchy, Paul Beatty, Paul Laurence Dunbar, poems, Poet, poetry, Politics, Princeless, prison system, Public Enemy, Radius, Rape culture, Raymond Andrews, relationships, representation, Riri Williams, Roxane Gay, science fiction, Self Care, slam poetry, superheroes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, tara Betts, Terry McMillan, The Color Purple, the cure, The White Album, Tish Benson, Trump, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Willie Perdomo, Women Writers of Color, World of Wakanda, writers of color, writing, Yona Harvey, Zelda Fitzgerald, zora neale hurston
Brit Bennett discusses her debut novel
The Mothers, investigating “what-if” moments, and navigating racism in white spaces. ...more
Tags: Abigail Bereola, abortion, Alice Walker, Brit Bennett, California, disability, Dorothy Allison, feminism, ferrante, fiction, Gossip, intersectionality, interview, James Baldwin, Jezebel, Loneliness, los angeles, masculinity, Mental Health, mental illness, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Neapolitan Novels, novel, pregnancy, race, Racism, Riverhead Books, suicide, Texas, The Color Purple, The Mothers, the rumpus, Toni Morrison, violence, warsan shire, workshop, writing
None of the imagery of Lemonade is foreign to those of us who grew up in the South or who have Southern roots. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 90s, Alice Walker, american south, Baduizm, beloved, beyonce, Chloe Bailey, cornrows, Deep South, destiny's child, eric garner, Erykah Badu, Halley Bailey, Ibeyi, Jourdan Dunn, Lemonade, Mama's Gun, michael brown, nineties, pop music, Southern, Terryn Hall, The Color Purple, Toni Morrison, Trayvon Martin, warsan shire, Wendy Williams, women of color, Zendaya
I don’t think it ever fully sunk in for me that I even live in America. ...more
Tags: Ada Limon, american south, Angel Nafis, d'angelo, Dominican Republic, Elizabeth Acevedo, Great Migration, Haiti, Hamilton, hip-hop, In the Heights, Jesmyn Ward, Junot Diaz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Midwest, National Poetry Month, poetry, queer, queer writers of color, Racism, Safia Elhillo, Southern, The Artist’s Way, The Color Purple, The Conversation, The South, Their Eyes Were Watching God, zora neale hurston
I understand that multicultural fiction does not exist simply to speak truth to bigotry. And still this is, for me, part of its importance. It is not as good as actually knowing someone, but it is close. ...more