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Monthly Archives: July 2019

N. Scott Momaday Honored With Dayton Literary Peace Prize

At 85, N. Scott Momaday – considered the dean of Native American literature – is attracting renewed accolades for his life’s work. In 2018, he won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and entered the National Native American Hall of Fame. In May, he received the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize and this November will be feted with a Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The poet, novelist and essayist has won the Dayton organization’s Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. It is named for the celebrated U.S. diplomat who played an instrumental role in negotiating the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia. “If we are to understand the synthesis of literature and peace, we must first consider that the end of art is the definition of the human... Read More →

The Free Black Women’s Library Is A National Movement Uplifting Black Female Authors

Akinmowo in 2015, the beginnings of the Free Black Women's Library. In 2015, Brooklyn, New York-based artist OlaRonke Akinmowo lugged 100 books -- all written by black women -- to a brownstone stoop and launched the uncertain beginnings of her newest project, the Free Black Women’s Library.  Dressed in a black tank top and gold leggings, Akinmowo danced barefoot in front of her collection “in honor of the sacred beauty” of these authors. “Black women’s words have saved my life, healed me, nurtured me and provided me with the comfort that I’ve needed in every rough moment of my life,” Akinmowo wrote in an Instagram post commemorating that anniversary, “and I wanted to share that fact/testimony.”  As the first patron arrived -- an 8-year-old girl in a vibrant,... Read More →

With Release Of “The Nickel Boys,” Colson Whitehead Grabs The Spotlight Once Again

Photo credit: Chris Close “Even in death the boys were trouble.” Those seven words open “The Nickel Boys,” the latest novel from Colson Whitehead, who won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2004 for “John Henry Days,” a time-traveling story that John Updike declared “refreshes our sense of the world.” In the books that followed, Whitehead, now 49, has consistently delivered on Updike’s phrase – culminating in 2016’s “The Underground Railroad,” in which he places an actual time-traveling railroad beneath the country’s soil to wend its way from the days of slavery through the nation’s tortured history. Now Whitehead arrives at a new milestone. He is the first writer since August 2010 to grace the cover of Time magazine, profiled by novelist Mitchell S.... Read More →
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