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The Wake of Vanport
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at Powell's Books Portland

Tuesday night at Powell's Books, author and editor Rob Spillman will be reading from the anthology, "Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing." Spillman will begin the reading and discussion at 7:30 p.m. at the bookstore's downtown location, 1005 W. Burnside St. on July 8 ...


Riveting memoir of manhood

By any yardstick you want to use, Dawayne Williams had a very tough childhood. He and his younger brother were raised in the projects in Washington, DC by a single-mom while his dad (who denied paternity anyway) was in and out of prison for a variety of criminal offenses. Consequently, Dawayne grew up ...

Children's book just right for Father's Day

With Father's Day looming on the horizon, I'm sure plenty of folks are starting to think about buying a meaningful gift for the man in their life. Well, any dad with a young son would undoubtedly appreciate this timeless classic, first published a decade ago, by Irene Smalls, the award-winning author of 15 children's books and 3 interactive storytelling CDs designed with African American youngsters in mind. . . .

America's slave past is being analyzed as never before, yet it remains one of the most contentious issues in U.S. memory. In recent years, the culture wars over the way that slavery is remembered and taught have reached a new crescendo. From the argument about the display of the Confederate flag over the state house in Columbia, South Carolina, to the dispute over Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave Sally Hemings and the ongoing debates about reparations, the questions grow ever more urgent and more difficult. . . .

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