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 01/05/12

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Thu, 01/05/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Best books of 2011

A look at the best books of 2011 by black authors. Your phone calls welcome.

Black Book Talk on 12/01/11

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Dr. Thabiti Lewis, author of Ballers of the new school : race and sports in America

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.

Black Book Talk on 10/06/11

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Thu, 10/06/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Newslady is the memoir of Carole Simpson, the first Black woman to anchor a network newscast

Newslady is the memoir of Carole Simpson a trailblazing African American woman journalist. Simpson was the first woman the first African American woman national network television correspondent, the first African American woman to anchor a national network newscast and the first woman or minority to moderate a presidential debate.

Black Book Talk on 09/01/11

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Interview with author of "Black Gotham"

Part detective tale, part social and cultural narrative,Black Gotham is Carla Peterson's riveting account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares their stories and those of their friends, neighbors, and business associates, she illuminates the greater history of African-American elites in New York City.

Black Gotham challenges many of the accepted "truths" about African-American history, including the assumption that the phrase "nineteenth-century black Americans" means enslaved people, that "New York state before the Civil War" refers to a place of freedom, and that a black elite did not exist until the twentieth century.

Black Book Talk on 08/04/11

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Thu, 08/04/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author, Jumata Emil, Jones debuts with his new horror, suspense novel, Never Dead

About Never Dead by Jumata Emill Jones

Emerson McGee has spent most of his life living with a secret, and the first-year law student’s menacing struggle with his sexuality is only the half of it. His wife, Danielle, has her own scars, thinly veiled behind her upper-middle class princess façade. The newlywed’s cookie-cutter marriage is abruptly interrupted when they move into the quaint house Emerson inherited from his deceased grandmother. Unbeknownst to them, there’s already something else living there: A malevolent entity hell-bent on exposing its connection to Emerson and the tragic secret they share.

Black Book Talk on 07/07/11

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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview with novelist Sabur I M re new romance, Journey into a Man’s Broken Heart.

Black Book Talk starts its "summer reads" series with an interview with novelist Sabur IM. This Gen-Xer discusses his book Journey into a Man’s Broken Heart with co-hosts Emma Jackon Ford and Patricia Welch.  Says IM, "I always heard people say, 'It's better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all.' And at times, I was completely in agreement with this. Well that was until I loved and lost and was never able to love again. I can't blame love for this, but I can blame me. In order to remove the stain that guilt has left on the remaining pieces of my heart, I painted this picture, with my words...."

Black Book Talk on 05/05/11

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Thu, 05/05/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Avel Gordley on her memoir Remembering the Power of Words

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 Words. Avel 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:

Black Book Talk on 03/03/11

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Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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9 Steps to Living the Life You Love

The guest is Lisa Nichols, author of NO MATTER WHAT! 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love.

In NO MATTER WHAT!, Lisa presents the plan to inspire readers to create the lives they deserve. 

The NO MATTER WHAT! program is achieved through nine steps, or muscles --including your Confidence, Faith-in-Myself, Take-Action, Say-Yes, and Forgiveness muscles – and in her book Lisa explains how anyone can learn to use these muscles to achieve happiness and off-the-charts success.  Along the way, Lisa shares her own remarkable story as well as specific exercises and action steps t

LISA NICHOLS is co-founder of the corporations Motivating the Teen Spirit and Motivating the Masses. 


Black Book Talk on 02/03/11

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Thu, 02/03/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Jacqueline E. Luckett on "Searching for Tina Turner"

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 01/06/11

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Thu, 01/06/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Black cowboy mysteries

Hosts Emma Jackson Ford, Patricia Welch and O.B. Hill speak with Robert Greer, who writes black cowboy mysteries.  His latest book is "First of State." 

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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. 

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  • Length: 25:21 minutes (10.16 MB)
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