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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Episode Archive

I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It: A Memoir of Hard Life and Hope.

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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A Jamaican immigrant flees home to beat the odds to build a better life for herself and her family.

Portland author, Deloris Dallas will discuss her memoir, I Thought I Wouldn't Tell  It:  A Memoir of Hard Life and Hope.  Her story starts  on Jamaica, an island whose beauty often contradicts ugly moments in her childhood.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview with author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the national bestselling author of 30 books. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions. 

In addition to adult novels, she has also penned a teen series, Good Girlz. This winner of the 2012 NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work will discusses her works with the Black Book Talk co-hosts.

A Conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou about her book, Mom & Me & Mom

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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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A conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou

In honor of her memory,  Black Book Talk rebroadcasts its June 6, 2013 interview with Dr. Maya Angelou.  In this conversation she recounts  her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter.  As described in the book, Mom & Me & Mom,    Angelou's mother  was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence that left its imprint on daughter Maya throughout her life.

Black Book Talk on 05/01/14

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

Sharon M. Draper, professional educator and award winning author is May guest on Black Book Talk.

Stokely: A Life

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author Peniel E Joseph discusses book Stokely Carmichael: A Life

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night.

The Akee Tree

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Portland author Stephen Hanks discusses The Akee Tree, a Portland-to-Africa search for family.

Black Book Talks interviews Stephen Hanks, author of The Akee Tree.

What would compel an African-American man to spend ten years of his life tracing his family tree from the Pacific Northwest back to slavery times in Mississippi, and ultimately to its African roots? For Portland author Stephen Hanks his quest begins with mere curiosity when he reads the obituary of his uncle, and soon blossoms into a full-blown genealogical investigation. Using standard genealogical tools—interviews, census records, and other sources—he delves into the past, soon finding that he must follow two families, his own and that of those who held his ancestors in bondage.

Black Book Talk on 02/06/14

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

The Films of Ousmane Sembene

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Amadou T. Fofana discusses his book, The Films of Ousmane Sembene
Willamette University  professor, Dr. Amadou T. Fofana, discusses his book, The Films of Ousmane Sembene:  Discourse, Politics, and Culture. on this month's Black Book Talk.

Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese film director, producer, and writer, often called the "father of African film."  He referred to himself as a modern-day griot, or one who is responsible for reconstructing and learning from the past in order to make sense of the present and prepare for the future. He expected African films, akin to morality tales, to spur critical thinking among viewers.

Our favorite books of 2013

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Hosts share their favorite books of 2013.

Black Book Talk hosts O B Hill, Emma Jackson and Patricia Welch offer the holilday gift of their favorite books of 2013.  Get out your pen, with all these great ideas, your holiday gift list may be completed in 30 minutes.

Independent Book Sellers

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Discussion of the role of independent book sellers in the African American community
Guests Michael Hicks, Black Rose Books; Phyllis Benton, Midnight Ramble Films; and host O B Hill, Reflections Mirror Image Books will discuss the challenges and rewards facing independent booksellers. Nationally the numbers are dwindling. Competition from chain stores and online vendors is fierce. Prospects for success are slim, at best. Why would anyone want to do this?

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Novelist Jacqueline E. Luckett: "Searching for Tina Turner"

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Thu, 02/03/2011

The guest is Jacqueline E. Luckett, author of Searching for Tina Turner.  In the novel Lena Harrison Spencer is in her mid-fifties, and the time has come for her to face the hard truths of what it means to have it all and still find oneself unfulfilled. When Lena determines that what she needs is the strength to change directions, Tina Turner becomes the icon from whose story she derives strength, even as everyone else tells her she's crazy for giving up her cashmere cocoon.

Black Book Talk on 12/02/10

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 12/02/2010

Hosts Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill review good books by black authors.

Author Isabel Wilkerson, "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration"

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Thu, 11/04/2010

Hosts Patricia Hill Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill talk with Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson about her new book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”

Isabel Wilkerson won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. She is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer in journalism and the first African American to win for individual reporting.

She is currently Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University. 

Good summer reads

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Thu, 08/05/2010

In the July Black Book Talk,  Emma Jackson Ford, O B Hill and Patricia Welch host a discussion for summer reading, and readers call in with their favorites.  Books include Yellow Moon, a novel

Children's author Renee Watson writes about resiliency and hope

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Thu, 07/01/2010

Hosts Patricia Welch, and Emma Jackson Ford 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.

 

Recommended books by black authors

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Thu, 04/01/2010

Emma Jackson Ford, Patricia Welch, O.B. Hill and callers share their recommendations about books by african-american, african-european and other black authors.

Shoshana Johnson: "I'm Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen--My Journey Home"

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 03/04/2010

 Hosted by: Emma Jackson Ford, Patricia Welch. 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.  When Shoshana returned to the United States, she received numerous awards for her valor, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Prisoner of War medals. She was bound by a military gag order. She was unable to discuss what really happened in Iraq -- until now.

In this account she reveals decisions made by higher-ups that may have led to the capture, describes the pain of post-traumatic stress disorder, and shares the surprising story of how a specialist in a maintenance company ended up on the front lines of war.

Shoshana Nyree Johnson was born in the Republic of Panama and moved to the United States with her family when she was a child. A second-generation Army veteran, she did not plan a career in the military, but became a JROTC cadet in 1991 and joined the U.S. Army in September 1998 while attending classes at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

On March 23rd, 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Shoshana was in a convoy that was ambushed in the city of an-Nasiriyah. Wounded, she and five fellow soldiers were captured and taken as prisoners of war, making world news headlines. The POWs were rescued by U.S. Marines on the morning of April 13, and Shoshana returned to the U.S., retiring from the Army on a Temporary Disability Honorable Discharge in December 2003. Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, and the Prisoner of War Medal. U.S. Army officials also identified Shoshana as the first female POW of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the first black female POW in U.S. war history.

 

Arnold Adoff talks about his late wife, author Virginia Hamilton

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Thu, 02/04/2010

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."

  • Length: 28:47 minutes (13.18 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Author J. California Cooper: "Life Is Short, But Wide"

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Thu, 01/07/2010

Hosts Patricia Welch, O.B. Hill and Emma Jackson Ford speak with J. California Cooper about her most recent novel Life Is Short, But Wide.  From Publisher's Weekly: "Cooper's characteristic motherly wit carries an appealing raft of characters through a world tougher than it is tender, but touched with beauty and wisdom." Cooper has been described as "telling stories before she could write," and is the author of plays, short stories and novels. She was honored as the Black Playwright of 1978.

Hot Summer Reading

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 07/02/2009

In July, Black Book Talk hosted a call-in discussion with picks for summer time reading. 

  • Title: Hot Summer Reading
  • Length: 25:21 minutes (10.16 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

 

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