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Tag Archives: 2015

Read Poet Jericho Brown’s Letter To CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Over Baltimore Coverage

"I want to hear you say there should be peaceful protests, not violent protests, in the tradition of Martin Luther King," CNN’s Wolf Blitzer lectured community activist Deray McKesson in a now infamous four-minute interview.   "You are suggesting that broken windows are worse than broken spines," McKesson answered, contrasting property damage with the injuries that killed Freddie Gray in Baltimore police custody. Jericho Brown, winner of an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award this year, recoiled at Blitzer’s distortion of King and decided to say so. His essay, “How Not to Interview Black People About Police Brutality,” is posted on the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog.   Read More →

HBO To Bring Marlon James’ Brief History Of Seven Killings To The Screen

The cable network renowned for ambitious storytelling has optioned the rights to Marlon James' latest novel, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award this year in fiction.  The book paints a complex portrait of Jamaica, hinged on the1976 assassination attempt on reggae legend Bob Marley and told in more than 30 distinct narrative voices. James will adopt the script along with Eric Roth, who won an Academy Award in 1994 for the screenplay of "Forrest Gump." No premiere date has been released. James, an English professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., will take a yearlong sabbatical to concentrate on the adaptation. He told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that transitioning his work to the small screen represents an opportunity for more character exposition. “There are some... Read More →

Meet Our 2015 Winners

The Cleveland Foundation today announced the winners of its 80th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. The 2015 recipients of the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and examines diversity are: • Jericho Brown, The New Testament, Poetry • Marilyn Chin, Hard Love Province, Poetry• David Brion Davis, Lifetime Achievement• Richard S. Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia, Nonfiction• Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings, Fiction “The new Anisfield-Wolf winners heighten our perceptions on race and diversity,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who chairs the jury. “This year, we honor ground-breaking research into the lives of specific families enslaved on two New World plantations, a tour-de-force... Read More →
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