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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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
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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?

Black Book Talk on 10/03/13

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

Black Book Talk on 09/05/13

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Black Book Talk
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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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Black Book Talk
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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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Black Book Talk
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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.

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Nathan McCall, author of "Them"

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 02/04/2008

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill interview Nathan McCall about his new book, Them, a novel about gentrification.

Award winning writer J. California Cooper

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 12/31/2007

 

 hosts O.B. Hill, Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford special guest is writer J. California Cooper. The author of seventeen plays, she was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978. Her books include Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories and Some People, Some Other Place.

Kwanzaa Black Book Talk

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 12/03/2007

December Black Book Talk, hosted by Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford, focusing on the Kwanzaa holiday and favorite holiday books by black authors.

 

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