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Professor Adam Banks On The Link Between Funk And Technology

In a warm lecture hall, University of Kentucky professor Adam Banks bounced and spoke with the cool cadence of a spoken-word poet, dropping gems on technology, funk and black freedom.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Banks returned to the city to argue that Stevie Wonder’s 1972 album, “Talking Book,” is a master key to black rhetoric, literacy, innovation and contemporary engagements with technology. As he stood on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, blocks from the John Hay High School he attended as a teen, Banks seemed keenly aware of geography and beginnings as he performed his presentation: "Talking Back to the Book: Critical Digital Literacies in African American Rhetorical Traditions." He called Wonder's work "a funk sermon," an infusion of new technologies,... Read More →

Facebook Profile Photos Turn Black In Anticipation Of George Zimmerman Verdict

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, changed her Facebook profile picture to this "blackout" photo of Trayvon. As the George Zimmerman trial draws to a close, the simmer of daily conversation on social media has heated to a boil.  And comments are growing sharper in anticipation of a verdict in a case that began the night of Feburary 26, 2012, when an unarmed Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by Zimmerman, who is claiming self-defense.  Now, a simple way to indicate support of Trayvon Martin's family is spreading across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles. Instead of the typical signature photos of happy, smiling individuals, people are switching their profile pictures to a simple black square.  The "Justice For Trayvon Martin" Facebook Page turned its profile photo... Read More →

Isabel Wilkerson Greeted By Surprise From Fan In Her Hotel Room

                      Isabel Wilkerson posted the above photo and the following message on her Facebook page - seems she has a superfan out there!  Deepest gratitude at this special time to every person who has embraced this book and the inspiring message of the Great Migration. Filled with joy for whoever created what is shown in this picture: an edible edition of The Warmth of Other Suns created with love and care by an anonymous fan. This greeted me in my room at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco, where I was to speak in the City Arts and Lectures series. Neither the event organizers nor the hotel said they knew how it got there or who had gone to such trouble to create or commission it. However it got there, this... Read More →

Literature Gets Social With Twitter Chats

Everything today is social. From watching the Emmys, All this social media has given rise to Twitter chats (the 2012 version of the 90s chat rooms. In a Twitter chat, different users send messages to the group using a previously agreed-upon phrase preceded by a hashtag (for example, #reading). By using that hashtag, it creates a link to all the messages sent by those members.(Here's a more thorough explanation here). If you've got a lot to say about books and literature in general, give an online chat a try. You'll be able to meet other people with the same taste in books as you and will learn more about your favorite authors. If you're shy about joining in the conversation, it's perfectly fine to simply sit back and listen to what other people are saying until you are more... Read More →

Join The Conversation On The Anisfield-Wolf Awards Facebook Page

The whole world is social networking like crazy and so are we! We enjoy having this space here to talk about matters in the literary world, but we also like to chat with you on a more day-to-day basis. Join us on Facebook where we have: Whatcha Reading Wednesday, where we share what books are on our newsstand that week News and events of your (and our) favorite authors Rare and behind-the-scenes photos from your favorite authors We have a great time so join us if you're on Facebook! Read More →

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards – Told Through Tweets

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Anisfield-Wolf Authors On Twitter

Being able to communicate directly with your favorite writers and authors is probably one of the best uses of Twitter. Here, we've rounded up some Anisfield-Wolf winners you can find tweeting and answering questions from their readers. Click on the tweets to see their full profiles. [View the story "Anisfield-Wolf Authors On Twitter" on Storify]   Read More →

Do You Use Social Media To Get Closer To Your Favorite Authors?

A recent New York Times article examines the relationship between readers and authors in the social media landscape. Previously, the divide was rather clear: authors write the books and readers gobble them up. There wasn't much mingling besides the occasional book signing or speaking engagement.  But now with the social atmosphere cultivated by Web 2.0 tools like Facebook and Twitter, readers can interact with their favorite authors like never before, and authors can have a more direct involvement in the marketing of their books. Moreover, authors can get feedback that is more personal than an review or an anonymous post on a message board.  From  When they use social media, authors have as many personae to choose from as they do in their other writings. Some... Read More →
  • 2020 Winners Celebration Announcement

    2020 Winners to be Celebrated Oct. 1st in Televised Special

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