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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Episode Archive

Black Book Talk on 09/02/10

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Thu, 09/02/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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What you should be reading as you go back to school.

Hosts O.B. Hill, Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson-Ford present recommendations on what you should be reading as you go back to school.

Black Book Talk on 07/01/10

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Thu, 07/01/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Children's author Renee Watson

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill speak with children's author Renee Watson, who discusses her two newly-released books: "What Mama Taught Me" and "A Place Where Hurricanes Happen," a tale of Katrina as children saw it.

Renee Watson was born in New Jersey but grew up in Portland and attended Jefferson High School.
She studied creative writing at The New School in Manhattan and graduated with a certificate in drama therapy.

 



 

Black Book Talk on 05/06/10

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Thu, 05/06/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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damali ayo on "Obamistan!: Land Without Racism"

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill interview damali ayo, author, artist, speaker and host. Her books use humor to shed light on American culture and human relations. damali's new book is  Obamistan!

Black Book Talk on 03/04/10

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Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Shoshana Johnson

The guest is Shoshana Johnson, author of "I'm Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen--My Journey Home."

In March of 2003 world headlines were made when a U.S. army convoy was attacked in the city of An-Nasiriyah en route to Baghdad. Several soldiers were killed and others were taken prisoner.

Jessica Lynch became the face and name associated with this tragedy, but another female soldier, Shoshana Johnson, was also wounded and captured in the ambush. Shoshana became the first black female prisoner of war in United States history. She was held for twenty-two days.

Black Book Talk on 02/04/10

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Thu, 02/04/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Ford and O.B. Hill speak with poet Arnold Adoff about his late wife Virginia Hamilton, author of the classic works: "M.C. Higgins, the Great;" "Zeely;" "The People Could Fly," and many more award winning novels. Adoff co-edited "Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays and Conversations."

Black Book Talk on 12/03/09

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Thu, 12/03/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Hosts Patricia Welch, O.B. Hill and Emma Jackson Ford speak with Patricia Turner, author of "Crafted Lives : Stories and Studies of African American Quilters." Turner explores the culture and recent history of African Americans through the creations and wisdom of nine quilters. Turner profiles quilters who exemplify the range of black women and men dedicated to the making of quilts, and she shows how their craftwork establishes order and meaning in their lives. 

Black Book Talk on 11/05/09

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Thu, 11/05/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

The hosts focus on "Vancouver Avenue: Yesterday, Today and Forever," a pictorial history of Portland's Vancouver Baptist Church and the community it serves.

Black Book Talk on 10/01/09

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Thu, 10/01/2009 - 11:30am

Today's show features a focus on black poets and poetry with historical recordings of rarely heard poets.

 

Black Book Talk on 08/06/09

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Thu, 08/06/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

In honor of E. Lynn Harris, esteemed author , who died on July 23rd at the age of 54, Black Book Talk will rebroadcast their interview with Harris about his last book "Basketball Jones".

Black Book Talk on 07/02/09

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Thu, 07/02/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Which black authors are on your summer reading list?  On today's Black Book Talk, we'll be taking your calls as we talk about hot books to read this summer.

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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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