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 10/03/13

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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

Black Book Talk on 09/05/13

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Thu, 09/05/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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If By Chance, a science fiction novel, is D'Norgia Taylor's latest work.

D'Norgia Taylor writes science fiction for all ages and all kinds of people.  "A lot of it is about escape -- getting away from whatever the issues...that you want to escape from -- or to."  Her latest work, If By Chance, deals with a generational curse that besets a small Pacific Northwest community.  This community is plagued by tragedy, humiliation and outrage; so traumatized they keep their stories even to their graves.

Black Book Talk on 08/01/13

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Thu, 08/01/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Psychologist Earl Bracy discusses racism's effect on the psyche

Dr. Earl Bracy -- a Vietnam War era combat medic, practicing clinical psychologist, and author of Too Young to Die: Inner-City Adolescent Homicides and The Making of a Psychologist -- has endured prejudice and discrimination the likes of which many Americans, black and white, will never know.

Black Book Talk on 07/04/13

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Thu, 07/04/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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In new, Maya Angelou shares the story of her relaionship with her mother

Repeat - By popular demand we repeat our June interview with legendary author Maya Angelou.   In her new book, Mom & Me & Mom, the writer shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.    Angelou's mother, Vivian Baxter, was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas.

Black Book Talk on 06/06/13

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Thu, 06/06/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Maya Angelou shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.

Legendary author Maya Angelou shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother in her new book, Mom & Me & Mom.    Angelou's mother, Vivian Baxter, was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told.

Black Book Talk on 05/02/13

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Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Clinton Galloway discusses his book Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A.
HBO. CNN. BET.  These cable stations have revolutionized our television viewing experience and our culture as a whole. In 1979,  cable was still an emerging technology, but one that brothers  Clinton and Carl Galloway knew was worth pursuing. 

Black Book Talk on 04/04/13

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Thu, 04/04/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author Jonathan R. Miller discusses mystery thriller, Delivery

Author Jonathan R. Miller writes literary fiction thrillers that include multicultural or biracial characters and themes.  His latest work,  Delivery, features a  biracial Somali man who is blinded while defending his daughter.  Ambojeem, the protagonist, settles in the relative calm of Minnesota, hoping to find a proper, peaceful home.  Instead, he stumbles into a world where black market surgeries, kidnappings, and murder are the norm. Along the way, he meets a little girl whose father has made plans for one of her vital organs, and Ambo must find a way to help the child while ensuring that he doesn't fall victim to the father's crazed ambitions himself.

Black Book Talk on 03/07/13

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Thu, 03/07/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author Cheryl Waiters on her memoir, "Blood, Sweat, and High Heels"

Hosts Patricia Welch, O.B. Hill, and Emma Jackson Ford speak with Cheryl Waiters. In her inspiring memoir, "Blood, Sweat, and High Heels," Cheryl Waiters chronicles her struggles and victories as an African American female working to overcome gender and racial biases in the male-dominated field of construction. Set against a backdrop of racial tensions, civil unrest and social movements, Waiters takes readers along on her life journey through the years of JFK, Martin Luther King, Women’s Liberation and Black Panther Movements. Cheryl Waiters has been a professional electrician for the past twenty-two years. She topped out as a journeyman and holds the distinction of working on some of America’s most important landmarks.

Black Book Talk on 02/07/13

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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Books by Black Authors

Guest Kimberly Stowers Moreland is the author of African Americans of Portland, a pictorial history.

Black Book Talk on 01/03/13

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Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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The First Americans Were Africans

 Today Black Book Talk presents a program from their archives featuring author and academic Dr. David Imhotep discussing his book, The First Americans Were Africans which asserts that Africans were the first Americans and that they arrived 51,000 years prior to the Mongolians.

“Africans not only came before Columbus, but were in the Americas long before any other group, at least 56,000 years ago,” says Imhotep. “With this book, I produce and expand on evidence from several scientific fields, credible scholars, professors and researchers.”

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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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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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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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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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