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 08/02/12

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Thu, 08/02/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Black attorney Gemini Jones juggles career and bipolar disorder

Author Veronica Faye discusses her latest book, Gemini Jones: My Past Came Knocking – The Savannah Wooten Case.   The novel’s lead character, Gemini Jones, is a successful African-American attorney who manages a high-profile career while keeping her bipolar disorder in check. Her newest case revolves around the murder of David Ban, a politician widely beloved in the city’s black community.

The client who brings the case to her is a woman she knows all too well: Savannah Wooten. Both women share a painful past together, however, each overcame traumatizing ordeals to become successful, accomplished women. Yet the murder of Ban, the politician, will force them to relive the past and deal with secrets they long considered lost to time.

Black Book Talk on 03/01/12

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Thu, 03/01/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts is the guest on the March 2012 edition of Black Book

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts is the guest on the March 2012 edition of Black Book Talk. Since 1994, Pitts has penned a syndicated column of commentary on pop culture, social issues and family life. He is also the author of several books, including Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, Before I Forget (a novel) and Forward from This Moment, a collection of his columns.

Black Book Talk on 02/02/12

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"Black Book Talk's" February interview is with Heidi W. Durrow, the New York Times best-selling auth

"Black Book Talk's" February interview is with Heidi W. Durrow, the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (Algonquin Books). The novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy.

Black Book Talk on 01/05/12

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Thu, 01/05/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Best books of 2011

A look at the best books of 2011 by black authors. Your phone calls welcome.

Black Book Talk on 12/01/11

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Thu, 12/01/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Dr. Thabiti Lewis, author of Ballers of the new school : race and sports in America

African-Americans in Sports.

Dr. Thabiti Lewis, author of Ballers of the new school : race and sports in America, will share insights into the realities of race in sport culture. Ballers of the New School is one of the first and best books to come along that effectively explains contemporary athletes and the public response to them. It challenges the well-worn narrative of sport as America's most significant site of racial progress by scrutinizing the true role of sport in mobilizing and shaping definitions, social relations, and public life. American sport culture performs and propagates rituals, symbols, and expressions of fear and difference that sustain racism, and notions of racial supremacy and block bridges to racial progress.

Black Book Talk on 10/06/11

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Thu, 10/06/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Newslady is the memoir of Carole Simpson, the first Black woman to anchor a network newscast

Newslady is the memoir of Carole Simpson a trailblazing African American woman journalist. Simpson was the first woman the first African American woman national network television correspondent, the first African American woman to anchor a national network newscast and the first woman or minority to moderate a presidential debate.

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:

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Nathan McCall, author of "Them"

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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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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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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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