Black History Month Spotlight

Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill

In this 2013 Massey Lecture…

  • Lawrence Hill offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it unites and divides us today. Blood: The Stuff of Life is a bold meditation on blood as an historical and contemporary marker of identity, belonging, gender, race, class, citizenship, athletic superiority, and nationhood. 

Listen, and watch, at the CBC Ideas website.




Black History Month Spotlight

Today’s spotlight feature shines a light on Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel ‘Beloved.’

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison. (GoodReads)



Black History Month Spotlight

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

From the publisher’s website:

  • New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.
  • With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.  

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Black History Month Spotlight

 Originally published in 1998, the dystopic novel Brown Girl in the Ring is eerily prophetic, presaging what would become of Detroit, Michigan as we moved into the new century.

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways–farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother… She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends. (GoodReads)

Learn more about the author at Quill and Quire.


Black History Month: Spotlight

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay is Happening Now on Twitter

From the folks at BookRiot:

  • Right now on Twitter is one of my favorite parts of Black History Month, which is the #28DaysOfBlackCosplay hashtag. This hashtag is a celebration of black cosplayers and it is both impressive and inspiring. There are a few ways to join in on the fun.

Read the rest of the posting, and learn more, here at BookRiot.

Black History: Spotlight

 Today’s featured title is Steal Away Home: One Woman’s Epic Flight to Freedom – and her Long Road Back to the South.

  • This is the latest work of literary non-fiction from Governor General’s Award winning author Karolyn Smardz Frost.
  • Steal Away Home tells the story of Cecilia Reynolds, who, after escaping slavery as a fifteen year old girl, later returns to her childhood home as a free woman.
  • A vibrant and compelling journey through the Civil War era and Cecilia’s struggle for freedom.


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