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

Black Book Talk on 10/07/10

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Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Jerald Walker talks about his memoir, "Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption.

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill speak with Jerald Walker about his memoir, "Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption." Walker progressed from Chicago honor student to thug to Iowa Writers Workshop star to author and professor.

Jerald Walker is an associate professor of English at Bridgewater State College. Married and the father of two young sons, he lives in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays (2007 and 2009), Best African American Essays (2009 and 2010), the anthology Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, and Mother Jones, for which he profiled Chicago’s South Side.

Black Book Talk on 09/02/10

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Thu, 09/02/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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What you should be reading as you go back to school.

Hosts O.B. Hill, Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson-Ford present recommendations on what you should be reading as you go back to school.

Black Book Talk on 07/01/10

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Thu, 07/01/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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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Thu, 05/06/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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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Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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".

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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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