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

Are We There, Yet? The Ultimate Challenge

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview with Martin Davis, author, Are We There, Yet?

Martin Davis, author of Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Challenge provides his blue print of  what People of Color need to do in order to change their  standing in American society. The book delivers anoutline that speaks directly to the ills black  people are facing today in America, and how they can remedy those ills internally, without the help, permission, or assistance of anyone else.

William Wells Brown, An American Life

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview with author Ezra Greenspan, author of William Wells Brown: an American Life
Born into slavery and "rented" out in adolescence to a succession of steamboat captains, William Wells Brown (1814–1884) ended his life as an accomplished writer and activist.  A hugely popular speaker on antislavery circuits (both American and British), Brown went on to write Clotel; or, The President's Daughter, the first novel published by an African-American.   The fictional tale of Clotel, fathered by PresidentThomas Jefferson,  echoed well-known 19th century rumors that Jefferson had several children by his slave Sally Hemings.  He also practiced medicine, ran for office, and campaigned for black uplift, temperance, and civil rights.

Remembering J California Cooper

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Re-broadcast of January 7, 2010, interview with author J California Cooper who died September 20.

Described by the Los Angeles Times as "a voice for the struggles of Black women in novels and short stories prized for their folksy wisdom and original voices,"   J California Cooper died last week at 82 years old.  The Times continued with a quote from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker:  "I just loved her writing," said Walker, who discovered Cooper in the mid-1980s and became her first publisher.  "She wanted to show the richness of the lives of people who often don't have much exposure.

I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It: A Memoir of Hard Life and Hope.

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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A Jamaican immigrant flees home to beat the odds to build a better life for herself and her family.

Portland author, Deloris Dallas will discuss her memoir, I Thought I Wouldn't Tell  It:  A Memoir of Hard Life and Hope.  Her story starts  on Jamaica, an island whose beauty often contradicts ugly moments in her childhood.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview with author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the national bestselling author of 30 books. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions. 

In addition to adult novels, she has also penned a teen series, Good Girlz. This winner of the 2012 NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work will discusses her works with the Black Book Talk co-hosts.

A Conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou about her book, Mom & Me & Mom

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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A conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou

In honor of her memory,  Black Book Talk rebroadcasts its June 6, 2013 interview with Dr. Maya Angelou.  In this conversation she recounts  her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter.  As described in the book, Mom & Me & Mom,    Angelou's mother  was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence that left its imprint on daughter Maya throughout her life.

Black Book Talk on 05/01/14

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

Sharon M. Draper, professional educator and award winning author is May guest on Black Book Talk.

Stokely: A Life

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author Peniel E Joseph discusses book Stokely Carmichael: A Life

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night.

The Akee Tree

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Portland author Stephen Hanks discusses The Akee Tree, a Portland-to-Africa search for family.

Black Book Talks interviews Stephen Hanks, author of The Akee Tree.

What would compel an African-American man to spend ten years of his life tracing his family tree from the Pacific Northwest back to slavery times in Mississippi, and ultimately to its African roots? For Portland author Stephen Hanks his quest begins with mere curiosity when he reads the obituary of his uncle, and soon blossoms into a full-blown genealogical investigation. Using standard genealogical tools—interviews, census records, and other sources—he delves into the past, soon finding that he must follow two families, his own and that of those who held his ancestors in bondage.

Black Book Talk on 02/06/14

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

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Nathan McCall, author of "Them"

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program: 
Black Book Talk
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Mon, 02/04/2008

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill interview Nathan McCall about his new book, Them, a novel about gentrification.

Award winning writer J. California Cooper

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program: 
Black Book Talk
program date: 
Mon, 12/31/2007

 

 hosts O.B. Hill, Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford special guest is writer J. California Cooper. The author of seventeen plays, she was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978. Her books include Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories and Some People, Some Other Place.

Kwanzaa Black Book Talk

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program: 
Black Book Talk
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Mon, 12/03/2007

December Black Book Talk, hosted by Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford, focusing on the Kwanzaa holiday and favorite holiday books by black authors.

 

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