This virtual program will include a salute to thirty-six African American activists from Newport News, followed by a reading of a proclamation of appreciation to African Americans in Newport News …
By Justin G. Reid When Muriel Branch got word that the historic Pine Grove Elementary School in rural Cumberland County might be sold because of unpaid taxes, she galvanized her …
Scholars Tony Tian-Ren Lin (Prosperity Gospel Latinos and Their American Dream) and Todne Thomas (Kincraft: The Making of Black Evangelical Sociality) discuss their new books, in which they explore the …
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Lara Lee (Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from My Indonesian Kitchen) discusses her new cookbook of authentic Indonesian cookery and demonstrates a recipe using simple techniques and easily accessible ingredients. With more than 80 traditional and vibrant recipes that have been passed down through the generations, Coconut & Sambal interweaves recipes with beguiling tales of island life and gorgeous travel photography that shines a light on the magnificent cuisine of Indonesia.
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Susan Abulhawa (Against the Loveless World), Peace Adzo Medie (His Only Wife), and Diane Zinna (The All-Night Sun) discuss their new novels and the irrepressible women whose stories they tell, including a young Palestinian reflecting on her life while in solitary confinement, a young seamstress in Ghana seeking independence while navigating marriage and family, and an American teacher traveling in Sweden who is forced to finally come to grips with her buried grief.
John Lanchester (Reality and Other Stories) and Te-Ping Chen (Land of Big Numbers: Stories) discuss their new collections of short stories which grapple with questions of interpersonal connection, technology, ambition, and distraction, through a mixture of witty literary fiction, magical realism, and cultural criticism.
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Novelists Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (Even As We Breathe), Kelli Jo Ford (Crooked Hallelujah), and Diane Wilson (The Seed Keeper) discuss their work as indigenous writers celebrating Dakota and Cherokee cultures and traditions amid larger forces of history, religion, and class in America.
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Angela Dominguez (Stella Díaz Dreams Big), Vashti Harrison (Little Dreamers), and Dub Leffler (Once There Was a Boy) discuss the importance of diversity in children’s literature and how their past and current projects embrace inclusive storytelling, from stories that highlight Mexican-American childhood and include Spanish vocabulary, to books that celebrate Black leaders and engage with Indigenous Australian identity and history.
Regina Bradley (Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of Hip-Hop South), Adam Gussow (Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of Music), and Claudrena Harold (When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras) discuss the ways that music, history, and race intersect in the creation of American identity, with a focus on blues, southern hip-hop, and late-century gospel music.
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