Black Book Talk

Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors. Co-hosts Emma Jackson Ford, O B Hill and Patricia Welch review works in all genres by well-known and emerging authors. Occasional call-in shows allow audience members to talk directly to authors and/or share their opinions on works by Black authors.

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Black Book Talk on 07/01/10

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Children's author Renee Watson

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill speak with children's author Renee Watson, who discusses her two newly-released books: "What Mama Taught Me" and "A Place Where Hurricanes Happen," a tale of Katrina as children saw it.

Renee Watson was born in New Jersey but grew up in Portland and attended Jefferson High School.
She studied creative writing at The New School in Manhattan and graduated with a certificate in drama therapy.

 



 

Black Book Talk on 05/06/10

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damali ayo on "Obamistan!: Land Without Racism"

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill interview damali ayo, author, artist, speaker and host. Her books use humor to shed light on American culture and human relations. damali's new book is  Obamistan!

Black Book Talk on 03/04/10

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Shoshana Johnson

The guest is Shoshana Johnson, author of "I'm Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen--My Journey Home."

In March of 2003 world headlines were made when a U.S. army convoy was attacked in the city of An-Nasiriyah en route to Baghdad. Several soldiers were killed and others were taken prisoner.

Jessica Lynch became the face and name associated with this tragedy, but another female soldier, Shoshana Johnson, was also wounded and captured in the ambush. Shoshana became the first black female prisoner of war in United States history. She was held for twenty-two days.

Black Book Talk on 02/04/10

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Thu, 02/04/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Ford and O.B. Hill speak with poet Arnold Adoff about his late wife Virginia Hamilton, author of the classic works: "M.C. Higgins, the Great;" "Zeely;" "The People Could Fly," and many more award winning novels. Adoff co-edited "Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays and Conversations."

Black Book Talk on 12/03/09

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Thu, 12/03/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Hosts Patricia Welch, O.B. Hill and Emma Jackson Ford speak with Patricia Turner, author of "Crafted Lives : Stories and Studies of African American Quilters." Turner explores the culture and recent history of African Americans through the creations and wisdom of nine quilters. Turner profiles quilters who exemplify the range of black women and men dedicated to the making of quilts, and she shows how their craftwork establishes order and meaning in their lives. 

Black Book Talk on 11/05/09

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Thu, 11/05/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

The hosts focus on "Vancouver Avenue: Yesterday, Today and Forever," a pictorial history of Portland's Vancouver Baptist Church and the community it serves.

Black Book Talk on 10/01/09

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Thu, 10/01/2009 - 11:30am

Today's show features a focus on black poets and poetry with historical recordings of rarely heard poets.

 

Black Book Talk on 08/06/09

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Thu, 08/06/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

In honor of E. Lynn Harris, esteemed author , who died on July 23rd at the age of 54, Black Book Talk will rebroadcast their interview with Harris about his last book "Basketball Jones".

Black Book Talk on 07/02/09

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Thu, 07/02/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Which black authors are on your summer reading list?  On today's Black Book Talk, we'll be taking your calls as we talk about hot books to read this summer.

Black Book Talk on 04/02/09

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Thu, 04/02/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Today's show features a round-table discussion including a focus on books and other sources of material for those who are still gripped by "Obama-madness".  The hosts will even critique the "Mrs O" site devoted to chronicling what the First Lady wears. 

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Angela Tucker, host of the Web series Black Folk Don't

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Thu, 07/05/2012

Hosts O B Hill, historian and bookseller, and Patricia Welch ("Library Lady"), and Emma Jackson Ford ("Bookwoman") interview Angela Tucker, producer of the web series Black Folk Don't. 

ABOUT BLACK FOLK DON’T Black Folk Don’t is a satirical documentary web series in its second season that challenges common stereotypes through interviews with black people of varying ages and backgrounds on a variety of topics. Directed and produced by Angela Tucker, Black Folk Don’t is a project of TuckerGurl Productions, with funding provided by the National Black Programming Consortium at BlackPublicMedia.org, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information and to watch online visit blackfolkdont.com and BlackPublicMedia.org.

ABOUT ANGELA TUCKER Angela Tucker is a writer, director, and producer whose career has included feature length films, documentary and fiction shorts, web series, advocacy videos, and PSAs. Her directorial work includes (A)sexual, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction, and Black Folk Don’t, a satirical documentary web series that challenges common stereotypes. She is a Co-Producer on The New Black, the Series Producer for PBS documentary series AfroPop. Tucker is based in Brooklyn, NY and can be followed on Twitter @tuckergurl. For more information visit tuckergurl.tumblr.com/.

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Celebration of Black Music Month

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Thu, 06/07/2012

Hosts O.B. Hill, Patricia Welch and Emma Ford share their favorites titles of books featuring Black Music in celebration of Black Music Month.

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The Poetry of Langston Hughes, Walter D. Myers, Charles R. Smith Jr. and others.

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Thu, 04/05/2012

Hosts Emma Jackson Ford ("Bookwoman"), O B Hill, historian and bookseller, and Patricia Welch ("Library Lady") read the poetry and play audio clips of the Poetry of Langston Hughes, Walter D. Myers, Charles R. Smith Jr. and others.

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Author, columnist Leonard Pitts on his latest book "Freeman"

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Thu, 03/01/2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts on his latest book "Freeman"

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts is the guest on the March 2012 edition of Black Book Talk. Since 1994, Pitts has penned a syndicated column of commentary on pop culture, social issues and family life. He is also the author of several books, including Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood,Before I Forget (a novel) and Forward from This Moment, a collection of his columns.

Pitts’ work has appeared in such publications as MusicianSpinReader’s Digest and Parenting. He wrote, produced and syndicated Who We Are, an award-winning 1988 radio documentary about the history of Black America, and has written and produced numerous other radio programs on subjects as diverse as Madonna and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2004, Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. In 2009 and 2002, GLAAD Media awarded Pitts the Outstanding Newspaper Columnist award. In 2002, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists awarded Pitts its inaugural Columnist of the Year award. Other recognitions include the prestigious ASNE Award for Commentary Writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Feature of the Year—Columnist award from Editor and Publisher magazine, both in 2001.

Millions of readers were initially introduced to Pitts through a column he penned in response to the 9/11 attacks. His defiant, open letter to the terrorists circulated the globe, generating 30,000 emails, and has since been set to music, reprinted in poster form, and quoted on television and radio.

Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

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Thu, 02/02/2012
"Black Book Talk's" February interview is with Heidi W. Durrow, the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (Algonquin Books). The novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy.

With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to Portland, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

Chosen as this year's "Eveybody Reads" selection, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky received the 2008 Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, and has been hailed as one of the Best Novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian, a Top 10 Buzz Book of 2010 by the Boston Herald and named a Top 10 Debut of 2010 by Booklist. Heidi was nominated for an 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Debut.

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A look at the best books of 2011 by black authors.

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Thu, 01/05/2012

A look at the best books of 2011 by black authors.

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Black Book Talk on 12/01/11

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African-Americans in Sports.

Dr. Thabiti Lewis, author of Ballers of the new school : race and sports in America, will share insights into the realities of race in sport culture. Ballers of the New School is one of the first and best books to come along that effectively explains contemporary athletes and the public response to them. It challenges the well-worn narrative of sport as America's most significant site of racial progress by scrutinizing the true role of sport in mobilizing and shaping definitions, social relations, and public life. American sport culture performs and propagates rituals, symbols, and expressions of fear and difference that sustain racism, and notions of racial supremacy and block bridges to racial progress.

Dr. Lewis is the guest speaker at the opening of "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience." This travelling exhibit, presented by Multnomah County Library, tells the story of black baseball players over the past century and a half. The exhibition also looks at the origins of the sport and the history of baseball and race relations in Oregon.

http://www.multcolib.org/events/baseball

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Black Book Talk 11/03/2011

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Thu, 11/03/2011

Monthly discussion of books by African-American authors.  Hosted by Emma Jackson Ford ("Bookwoman"), O B Hill, historian and bookseller, and Patricia Welch ("Library Lady"), program features interviews by local and nationally known writers.  This is a round-table discussions of favorite books by three co-hosts.


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Lillian Whitlow on "A Soldier Without a Country: Based on the Life of Sgt. Carlis Calvin"

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Thu, 06/02/2011

 Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill, interview Lillian Whitlow about her book A Soldier Without a Country: Based on the Life of Sgt. Carlis Calvin.  

"A Soldier Without A Country tells the story of Sgt. Carlis Calvin's struggle to survive after he was given a dishonorable discharge by his captain, after he was accused of stealing approximately $3.00 worth of food from his mess hall. After he served several months in the stockade, he was stripped of his medals and uniform and was told not to come back on the post again. He endured hardships for forty-seven years. In 1996 President Bill Clinton restored his honorable discharge and his medals were returned."

Avel Gordley talks about her memoir "Remembering the Power of Words"

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Thu, 05/05/2011

Hosts Patricia Welch, O.B. Hill and Emma Jackson Ford speak with former Oregon State Senator Avel Gordley about her memoir Remembering the Power of WordsAvel Gordly is the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate. Remembering the Power of Words is the inaugural volume in the Women and Politics in the Pacific Northwest Series, and recounts the personal and professional journey of Ms. Gordly. OSU Press describes the book as:

a brave and honest telling of Gordly’s life. She shares the challenges and struggles she faced growing up black in Portland in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as her determination to attend college, the dedication to activism that took her from Portland to Africa, and her eventual decision to run for a seat in the state legislature.

That words have power is a constant undercurrent in Gordly’s account and a truth she learned early in life.

Important as a biographical account of one significant Oregonian’s story, the book also contributes “broader narratives touching on Black history (and Oregon’s place within it), and most particularly the politics associated with being an African American woman,” according to series editor Melody Rose. 

 

 

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