We talk with Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, award-winning poet and now novelist, about The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois, just out from Harper Collins.
Then, two young Black women build a literary business around poetry and life lessons. We talk with Jade Dee and Wilnona Marie, the And I Thought Ladies.
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ debut novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois is already racking up the kudos—and it’s only been out since August 24. Oprah picked it for her Book Club, the NYT reviewer called it “quite simply the best book that I had read in a very, very long time,” and it’s up for numerous awards.
So what’s it all about? The great writer Jacqueline Woodson—a former Writer’s Voice guest—describes it:
“This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain… and so much more. In Jeffers’ deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the great American novel.”
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois is about a family through the centuries and also about one young descendent living in the contemporary world, discovering her family’s story.
The author of five acclaimed books of poetry, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers brings her poetic lyricism to her prose in this, her debut novel. Jeffers is Professor of English at University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Monday, August 30 at 10:00 PM and archived.
Guest Debra Utacia Krol, a citizen of the Xolon Salinan Tribe, is an Indigenous affairs reporter at the Arizona Republic. Her current coverage area is the intersection of climate, culture and commerce. We’ll discuss her recent article “Blythe Intaglios: Tribes work to protect ‘sleeping giants’ of the desert.”
Then a discussion of “critical race theory” with regular guest and friend Ukumbwa Sauti. Sauti is an initiated Elder in the Dagara tradition from Burkina Faso in West Africa. He has been active in the Pan-African movement, Black Lives Matter and the Occupy/Decolonize to Liberate movements.
Tuesday, August 31 at 12 noon.
8:15 PM, author Kenneth F. McCallion speaks to why the lawyers representing President Trump in the “big lie” need to be held accountable. His new book is “Profiles in Cowardice in the Trump Era.”
9:00 PM, Ian Campbell talks about the Black Bear Americana Fest, which is Oct. 8-10 at the Goshen Fairgrounds.
9:30 PM, singer/songwriter McKain Lakey.
Tuesday evening, August 31.