African American novelists
Aug 14, 2013 — After an editor asked him to tone down his racial politics, the first-time author walked away from his book deal, moved to a smaller press and eventually published two books to critical acclaim. He hopes his story helps make the case for why publishers should welcome different voices to the table.
Aug 8, 2007 — Lots of you are taking late-summer vacations or devoting weekends to squeezing out the last bits of this lovely season, and we didn't want you do to do it bookless. Here's a late, but still timely, list of summer book recommendations from Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates.
May 31, 2007 — Arnold Rampersad's new biography re-examines the life of Ralph Ellison, the influential cultural critic and author of Invisible Man, and offers insights about why Ellison never produced a second masterpiece.
May 3, 2007 — In 1952, Ralph Ellison introduced a new kind of black protagonist: The Invisible Man was educated and self-aware, and had a broad intellectual curiosity. He was invisible, Ellison wrote, but not insubstantial. Arnold Rampersad has written a new biography of the complex writer.
Dec 21, 2004 — The work of Donald Goines receives little, if any, attention in literature courses around the country. Yet, the Detroit-born storyteller has sold more than 5 million novels. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the author's unsolved murder. NPR's Tony Cox discusses Goines' legacy with Eddie Allen, Jr., author of Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines.