Black Book Talk

Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors. Co-hosts Emma Jackson Ford, O B Hill and Patricia Welch review works in all genres by well-known and emerging authors. Occasional call-in shows allow audience members to talk directly to authors and/or share their opinions on works by Black authors.

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Black Book Talk on 09/01/11

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Thu, 09/01/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview with author of "Black Gotham"

Part detective tale, part social and cultural narrative,Black Gotham is Carla Peterson's riveting account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares their stories and those of their friends, neighbors, and business associates, she illuminates the greater history of African-American elites in New York City.

Black Gotham challenges many of the accepted "truths" about African-American history, including the assumption that the phrase "nineteenth-century black Americans" means enslaved people, that "New York state before the Civil War" refers to a place of freedom, and that a black elite did not exist until the twentieth century.

Black Book Talk on 08/04/11

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Thu, 08/04/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author, Jumata Emil, Jones debuts with his new horror, suspense novel, Never Dead

About Never Dead by Jumata Emill Jones

Emerson McGee has spent most of his life living with a secret, and the first-year law student’s menacing struggle with his sexuality is only the half of it. His wife, Danielle, has her own scars, thinly veiled behind her upper-middle class princess façade. The newlywed’s cookie-cutter marriage is abruptly interrupted when they move into the quaint house Emerson inherited from his deceased grandmother. Unbeknownst to them, there’s already something else living there: A malevolent entity hell-bent on exposing its connection to Emerson and the tragic secret they share.

Black Book Talk on 07/07/11

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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview with novelist Sabur I M re new romance, Journey into a Man’s Broken Heart.

Black Book Talk starts its "summer reads" series with an interview with novelist Sabur IM. This Gen-Xer discusses his book Journey into a Man’s Broken Heart with co-hosts Emma Jackon Ford and Patricia Welch.  Says IM, "I always heard people say, 'It's better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all.' And at times, I was completely in agreement with this. Well that was until I loved and lost and was never able to love again. I can't blame love for this, but I can blame me. In order to remove the stain that guilt has left on the remaining pieces of my heart, I painted this picture, with my words...."

Black Book Talk on 05/05/11

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Thu, 05/05/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Avel Gordley on her memoir Remembering the Power of Words

Hosts Patricia Welch, O.B. Hill and Emma Jackson Ford speak with former Oregon State Senator Avel Gordley about her memoir Remembering the Power of Words. Avel Gordly is the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate. Remembering the Power of Words is the inaugural volume in the Women and Politics in the Pacific Northwest Series, and recounts the personal and professional journey of Ms. Gordly. OSU Press describes the book as:

Black Book Talk on 03/03/11

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Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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9 Steps to Living the Life You Love

The guest is Lisa Nichols, author of NO MATTER WHAT! 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love.

In NO MATTER WHAT!, Lisa presents the plan to inspire readers to create the lives they deserve. 

The NO MATTER WHAT! program is achieved through nine steps, or muscles --including your Confidence, Faith-in-Myself, Take-Action, Say-Yes, and Forgiveness muscles – and in her book Lisa explains how anyone can learn to use these muscles to achieve happiness and off-the-charts success.  Along the way, Lisa shares her own remarkable story as well as specific exercises and action steps t

LISA NICHOLS is co-founder of the corporations Motivating the Teen Spirit and Motivating the Masses. 


Black Book Talk on 02/03/11

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Thu, 02/03/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Jacqueline E. Luckett on "Searching for Tina Turner"

The guest is Jacqueline E. Luckett, author of "Searching for Tina Turner."

In the novel Lena Harrison Spencer is in her mid-fifties, and the time has come for her to face the hard truths of what it means to have it all and still find oneself unfulfilled. When Lena determines that what she needs is the strength to change directions, Tina Turner becomes the icon from whose story she derives strength, even as everyone else tells her she's crazy for giving up her cashmere cocoon.

Black Book Talk on 01/06/11

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Thu, 01/06/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Black cowboy mysteries

Hosts Emma Jackson Ford, Patricia Welch and O.B. Hill speak with Robert Greer, who writes black cowboy mysteries.  His latest book is "First of State." 

Black Book Talk on 12/02/10

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Thu, 12/02/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Mystery author Robert Greer on his prequel

Hosts Emma Jackson Ford, Patricia Welch and O.B. Hill speak with mystery writer Robert Greer about his latest novel—First of State, a prequel to his CJ Floyd mystery series.

It takes readers back in time to a very different CJ Floyd. It's 1972, and the twenty—two-year-old decorated war vet has recently returned to Denver from Vietnam with post-traumatic stress disorder. After a friend is killed CJ's attempts to find his friend's killer are thwarted at every turn, and finally he joins his Uncle Ike's business as bail bondsman and bounty hunter.

Black Book Talk on 11/04/10

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Thu, 11/04/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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The Story of America’s Great Migration

Hosts Patricia Hill Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill talk with Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson about her new book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”

Isabel Wilkerson won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. She is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer in journalism and the first African American to win for individual reporting.

She is currently Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University.

Black Book Talk on 10/07/10

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Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Jerald Walker talks about his memoir, "Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption.

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill speak with Jerald Walker about his memoir, "Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption." Walker progressed from Chicago honor student to thug to Iowa Writers Workshop star to author and professor.

Jerald Walker is an associate professor of English at Bridgewater State College. Married and the father of two young sons, he lives in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays (2007 and 2009), Best African American Essays (2009 and 2010), the anthology Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, and Mother Jones, for which he profiled Chicago’s South Side.

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Obama-Mania in the Media

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Thu, 04/02/2009

The April 3rd Black Book Talk features a round-table discussion including a focus on books and other sources of material for those who are still gripped by "Obama-madness".  The hosts will even critique the "Mrs O" site devoted to chronicling what the First Lady wears. 

Author E.Lynne Harris talks about "Basket Ball Jones"

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Wed, 03/04/2009

Hosts Patricia, O.B. and Emma speak with E. Lynn Harris, nine-time New York Times bestselling author about his latest book "Basketball Jones," which explores the consequences of loving someone who is forced to conform to the rules society demands its public heroes follow.

Harris's work includes the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted and the novels, A Love of My Own, Just as I Am, Any Way the Wind Blows (all three of which were named Novel of the Year by the Blackboard African American Bestsellers), I Say a Little Prayer, If This World Were Mine (which won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence), and the classic Invisible Life. His latest book is Just Too Good to Be True.

Books by Black Authors

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Mon, 02/02/2009
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Good Books to read for this year

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Mon, 01/05/2009

Emma, Patricia and O B host a call in show with suggestions for good books to read for this year.

Jewell Parker Rhodes discusses her latest book, "Yellow Moon"

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Mon, 10/13/2008

Hosts Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford speak with Jewell Parker Rhodes, who discusses her latest book, Yellow Moon, a sequel to 2006's Voodoo Season, in which a wazimamoto, or African vampire, stalks Dr. Marie Laveau, a 21st-century doctor, modern voodoo practitioner and descendant of the legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

Felicia Pride, about her book "The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs"

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Mon, 09/01/2008

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill speak with Felicia Pride, an author and speaker. They discuss her  book The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs, (Running Press, 2007).

Books by Black Authors

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Mon, 08/04/2008

Emma Jackson Ford, Patricia Welch, and OB Hill talk about books by black authors.

Summer reading by black authors

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Mon, 06/30/2008

Hosts Patricia and O.B. bring you their recommendations for summer reading by black authors. 

 

John Wolf

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Mon, 05/05/2008

Emma Jackson Ford interviews John Wolf author of "Night of the Moray Eel".

Best selling author, James McBride on the horrors of slavery and the power of hope and redemption.

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Sun, 03/02/2008

Hosts Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford talk with James McBride about his latest book: Song Yet Sung, the story of a runaway slave, shot and captured; hovering near death and dreaming of the future and the Code that leads her to survival.

 

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