More Church Folk by Michele Andrea Bowen
In “More Church Folk,” the much anticipated follow-up to “Church Folk,” it is now 1986, and the preachers of the Gospel United Church are preparing for their much-anticipated Triennial General Conference Read the complete article
Tradition and the Black Atlantic by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s “Tradition and the Black Atlantic” is both a vibrant romp down the rabbit hole of cultural studies and an examination of the discipline’s roots and role in contemporary thought Read the complete article
Book Review: God and Race in American Politics, by Mark A. Noll
Kam Williams Special To The Skanner
During the tempestuous decades leading up to the Civil War, both plantation owners and abolitionists relied primarily on Christianity to rationalize their diametrically-opposed positions on slavery. Read the complete article
Hellhound on His Trail
The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Manhunt for Him
by Hampton Sides, nonfiction, researcher, writer . The book's endnotes and bibliography total more than 50 pages, and Sides says the work “nearly gave me an aneurysm.” But the richness of detail -- gathered from all kinds of sources, from interviews and autopsy reports to archival news footage and FBI files -- really makes the story. Read the complete article
Walter Mosley Returns with McGill in 'Known to Evil'
Author Walter Mosley will be in Seattle at 7 p.m. this Friday at Microsoft Auditorium at the Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.
In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed mystery “The Long Fall,” Mosley is back with protagonist Leonid McGill in “Known to Evil.” Read the complete article
Ghana to be the First Testing Ground for African 'Kindle'
Special to the NNPA from GIN
(GIN) – Worldreader, a “market-oriented, not-for-profit organization focused on increasing access to books in developing countries” is testing an e-book reader designed for developing countries at a school for orphans in Ghana... Read the complete article
Why Do Black People Love Fried Chicken?
And Other Questions You've Wondered but Didn't Dare Ask, by Nashieqa Washington
By Kam Williams Special to The Skanner News
Over the years, many an unscrupulous author has assumed an alibi in order to pass as a member of another ethnic group. Perhaps the most infamous of these so-called “slippery characters” was Ku Klux Klansman Asa Carter who faked a Native American background to publish “The Education of Little Tree,” a critically-acclaimed memoir about growing up Cherokee which not only topped the NY Times Bestseller List back in the Seventies but won the Book of the Year Award as well ... Read the complete article
'Crying Tree' Wins NW Booksellers Award
It was announced today that Naseem Rakha’s The Crying Tree has won a 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers award for fiction. This is Rakha’s debut novel, but she is a well-known, award-winning journalist whose stories have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, as well as Marketplace Radio, Christian Science Monitor, and Living on Earth. The winners were selected by a committee of independent booksellers from more than 200 nominated titles, each written by a Northwest author and published in 2009. Read the complete article
Literary Nas: 'Born to Use Mics'
When he was 19, Nasir “Nas” Jones began recording what would be one of the most important hip hop albums of all time. The 1994 “Illmatic” is a personal account of life in New York’s Queensbridge housing project... Read the complete article
'Wench' by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is startling and original fiction that raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. An enchanting and unforgettable novel based on little-known fact, Wench combines the narrative allure of Cane River by Lalita Tademy and the moral complexities of Edward P. Jones’s “The Known World” as it tells the story of four Black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War... Read the complete article