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What An Author Looks Like: Kekla Magoon

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America’s racial problems are far from resolved, as evidenced by the continued victimization of Black people young and old at the hands of police and neighborhood vigilantes. Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down, a Coretta Scott King Honor book, is an especially timely read in view of the national conversation on race and state violence. The novel centers on the causes and consequences of the shooting death of fictional teenager Tariq Johnson, and achieves more objectivity than real-life news outlets.

August 14, 2015 | Lisa Paige

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Monthly Lit Hits: What We're Reading in August

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Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the books that keep us up at night, the novels we can't put down, the memoirs that call to us over our morning coffees. Every month, we'll share our staff's latest literary obsessions to add to your own neverending reading list.

 

Jonathan, Grub’s Program Coordinator, just began Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress, after having finished Loving Day by Mat Johnson.

August 10, 2015 | Info

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What an Author Looks Like: Aminatta Forna

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Every month for a year, a member of the Grub community will recommend a book they’ve loved by an author of color or another underrepresented author. We hope that by doing this we can contribute in our own small way to broadening the definition of what an author looks like. To find out why, check out our post, What Does an Author Look Like? On Race and WritingIn the first of the series, Shuchi Saraswat recommends Aminatta Forna.

July 31, 2015 | Shuchi Saraswat

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What Does an Author Look Like? On Race and Writing

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At this year’s Muse and the Marketplace conference, we talked about the lack of racial diversity in the publishing industry, and how it shapes our ideas about what an author looks like. Between the manifesto for inclusion set out in the Marketplace Keynote with literary agent Regina Brooks, and Aminatta Forna’s rousing speech about the aesthetic/political dichotomy in art and how it falls across lines of race and national identity, we’ve joined the global conversation on the intersection of race and writing.

 

But is it enough?

 

Recently, in response to a summer reading list from The New ...

July 20, 2015 | Info

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Monthly Lit Hits: What We're Reading in July

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Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the books that keep us up at night, the novels we can't put down, the memoirs that call to us over our morning coffees. Every month, we'll share our staff's latest literary obsessions to add to your own neverending reading list.

 

Lauren, our Office Manager, is finishing up Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, and is excited to start Emma Straub's The Vacationers.

July 13, 2015 | Info

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