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    Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski The Sonic Ecologies of Black Music in the Early 21st Century Dhanveer Singh Brar
    9781912685790 Hardcover MUSIC / Genres & Styles On Sale Date:April 27, 2021
    $39.95 CAD 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.59 in | 0.92 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Goldsmiths Press
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      How black electronic dance music makes it possible to reorganize life within the contemporary city.

      Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski argues that Black electronic dance music produces sonic ecologies of Blackness that expose and reorder the contemporary racialization of the urban—ecologies that can never simply be reduced to their geographical and racial context. Dhanveer Singh Brar makes the case for Black electronic dance music as the cutting-edge aesthetic project of the diaspora, which due to the music’s class character makes it possible to reorganize life within the contemporary city.

      Closely analysing the Footwork scene in South and West Chicago, the Grime scene in East London, and the output of the South London producer Actress, Brar pays attention to the way each of these critically acclaimed musical projects experiment with aesthetic form through an experimentation of the social. Through explicitly theoretical means, Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski foregrounds the sonic specificity of 12" records, EPs, albums, radio broadcasts, and recorded performances to make the case that Footwork, Grime, and Actress dissolve racialized spatial constraints that are thought to surround Black social life.

      Pushing the critical debates concerning the phonic materiality of blackness, undercommons, and aesthetic sociality in new directions, Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski rethinks these concepts through concrete examples of contemporary black electronic dance music production that allows for a theorization of the way Footwork, Grime, and Actress have—through their experiments in blackness—generated genuine alternatives to the functioning of the city under financialized racial capitalism.

      Series Overview: Goldsmiths Press’s Sonics series considers sound as media and as material—as physical phenomenon, social vector, or source of musical affect.
      Dhanveer Singh Brar is a scholar of Black Studies, as it intersects with Cultural Studies, Sound Studies and Critical Theory. He has published in journals such as Social Text, Darkmatter, and Cesura // Acceso and is a founding member of the London based Black Study Group. He is lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and has previously held an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at University of Pennsylvania and a Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL.

      Author Residence: London, UK

      Author Hometown: London, UK
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    Dear Black Girl Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power Tamara Winfrey Harris
    9781523092291 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies On Sale Date:March 09, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.53 in | 0.64 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:45 Canadian Rights: Y Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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      Dear Black Girl is the empowering, affirming love letter our girls need in order to thrive in a world that does not always protect, nurture, or celebrate us. This collection of Black women’s voices…is a must-read, not only for Black girls, but for everyone who cares about Black girls, and for Black women whose inner-Black girl could use some healing.” - Tarana Burke, Founder of the ’Me Too’ Movement

      “Dear Dope Black Girl, You don’t know me, but I know you. I know you because I am you! We are magic, light, and stars in the universe.” So begins a letter that Tamara Winfrey Harris received as part of her Letters to Black Girls project, where she asked black women to write honest, open, and inspiring letters of support to young black girls aged thirteen to twenty-one. Her call went viral, resulting in a hundred personal letters from black women around the globe that cover topics such as identity, self-love, parents, violence, grief, mental health, sex, and sexuality.

      In Dear Black Girl, Winfrey Harris organizes a selection of these letters, providing “a balm for the wounds of anti-black-girlness” and modeling how black women can nurture future generations. Each chapter ends with a prompt encouraging girls to write a letter to themselves, teaching the art of self-love and self-nurturing. Winfrey Harris’s The Sisters Are Alright explores how black women must often fight and stumble their way into alrightness after adulthood. Dear Black Girl continues this work by delivering pro-black, feminist, LGBTQ+ positive, and body positive messages for black women-to-be—and for the girl who still lives inside every black woman who still needs reminding sometimes that she is alright.
      Tamara Winfrey Harris is the author of The Sisters Are Alright, which won several awards, including the Harlem Book Fair’s Phillis Wheatley Award. Her work also appears in the books The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery and The Lemonade Reader: Beyoncé, Black Feminism and Spirituality, as well as in publications such as the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Ebony, the American Prospect, and Ms. magazine. She is also vice president of community leadership and effective philanthropy at the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

      Author Residence: Indianapolix, IN

      Author Hometown: Gary, IN
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      “25 Must-Read Books for March” —Good Morning America
      “March 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us” Ms. Magazine
      “Ten Hot Reads for March 2021” —Frolic
      “Black History Month Essential Reading” —Enspire

      “A collection of letters written by Black women to encourage, educate, and uplift Black girls. ‘The world does not value Black girls like it should,’ writes Winfrey Harris. With chapters dedicated to ‘Black Girl Magic,’ family, friendship, mental health, and romantic relationships, the author seeks to rectify the devaluing of Black girls by connecting them with Black women through sage advice focused on meaningful topics. With an eye toward educating and healing, this collection of letters is reinforced by vocabulary words and history lessons necessary for any Black girl to know. It is also a self-affirming workbook prompting readers to supplement the letters and lessons with love letters to themselves. Winfrey Harris highlights the spectrum of Blackness and the Black experience, writing with necessary candor throughout. Beautifully written, the letters often feel like a collection of essays and poems. One standout contribution features the perspective of a ‘transracial adoptee’ writing to other Black girls raised within White families; the author discusses the realities of alienation and the longing for connection. Ultimately, she writes, ‘May you love yourself exactly as you are.’ ‘In Survivor Solidarity’ she speaks to girls who have suffered sexual violence and assault from ‘the other side’ of trauma, reminding them that what happened is not their fault. While many other similar books are how-to guides written by and for other teens, most of which focus primarily on boys, this collection is written by older Black women for younger Black women with the intent to provide vital knowledge, to instruct in how to build a sense of self-worth, and to be passed on from one generation to another. Interspersed throughout the book are sharp ‘Know This’ sidebars, which feature further resources and concrete information on such topics as ‘black name bias,’ ‘radical self-care,’ Planned Parenthood, and the Trevor Project. A valuable combination of encouragement, empowerment, and instruction.
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      Dear Black Girl is for the little Black girls who still need the language to process their magic. In a world that often leaves us with more questions than answers, this book is a literal gift.” —Bassey Ikpi, author of I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying
      Dear Black Girl is the empowering, affirming love letter our girls need to thrive in a world that does not always protect, nurture, or celebrate us.” —Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too Movement

      “This book, a conversation across generations, is a loving, trenchant reminder that Black girls deserve tenderness, care, and the forgiving mirrors that are another Black woman’s eyes.” —Dr. Brittney Cooper, author of Eloquent Rage
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    Grieving While Black An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow Breeshia Wade
    9781623175511 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies On Sale Date:March 02, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5.52 x 8.46 x 0.45 in | 0.59 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y North Atlantic Books
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      An exploration of grief and racial trauma through the eyes of a Black end-of-life caregiver.

      Most of us understand grief as sorrow experienced after a loss—the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or a change in life circumstance. Breeshia Wade approaches grief as something that is bigger than what’s already happened to us—as something that is connected to what we fear, what we love, and what we aspire toward. Drawing on stories from her own life as a Black woman and from the people she has midwifed through the end of life, she connects sorrow not only to specific incidents but also to the ongoing trauma that is part and parcel of systemic oppression.

      Wade reimagines our relationship to power, accountability, and boundaries and points to the long-term work we must all do in order to address systemic trauma perpetuated within our interpersonal relationships. Each of us has a moral obligation to attend to our own grief so that we can responsibly engage with others. Wade elucidates grief in every aspect of our lives, providing a map back to ourselves and allowing the reader to heal their innate wholeness.
      BREESHIA WADE holds a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. She completed Upaya Zen Center’s two-year Buddhist chaplaincy program.

      Wade served as a hospice and palliative care end-of-life caregiver in Los Angeles County. Over the past five years, she has supported people through grief and transitions as a birth doula and a lay-ordained Buddhist chaplain working in jails, on the mother and baby units of hospitals, and in people’s homes. Wade uses her practice as an end-of-life caregiver to encourage those who are not facing illness, death, or dying to be open to what grief can teach them about relationship, life, failure, sex, and desire.

      She wishes to expand the world’s conception of grief beyond concrete loss and to call attention to the numerous ways our experiences of grief impact the way we (mis)understand power, craft self-image, and approach boundaries, conflict, and accountability.

      Author Residence: Pasadena, California

      Author Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina
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      Grieving While Black expands the notion of grief beyond its quick association with death to examine all of the spiritual and psychological tolls of racism and sexism. By drawing on her experiences as a birth doula and chaplain, Breeshia Wade complicates grief itself by exploring different forms of loss while also imagining a path toward healing. A bracing, illuminating read.”
      —BRIT BENNETT, author of the New York Times best sellers The Vanishing Half and The Mothers

      “Every page in this slim volume is a revelation. Read slowly—and more than once.”
      Lion’s Roar

      “This is a remarkable book, written bravely, wisely, and honestly, for all of us. Page after page, I learned about grief, race, and justice—and, most importantly, about liberation. I will return to Grieving While Black for the rest of my life.”
      —JOAN HALIFAX, PhD, Zen teacher, social activist, and abbot of Upaya Zen Center

      “Breeshia Wade has written a moving testament to the power of grief and healing at the intersection of generational loss, race, and sexuality. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to enact compassionate antiracism in their activism and in their lives.”
      —SARAH VALENTINE, PhD, author of When I Was White

      “As Black people, one of our widest gateways to freedom is our very own grief. In the way many Black women have stood as protectors and have held out their hands, Wade stands at this gateway, arms open, inviting us into a meadow where we can take our time, acknowledge our loss, and allow our grief to lead us into wellness. Take your time and sip on this one.”
      —ZENJU EARTHLYN MANUEL, author of The Deepest Peace and The Way of Tenderness

      ”Breeshia Wade has given us an important book. She speaks with deep awareness and compassion, and from intimate knowledge about grief and chaplain work with the grieving. This book also explicates the…value of Buddhist meditation—a practice of awareness, not merely a tool for relaxation and peace. Wade writes throughout with true beauty and power informed by moving stories from her own life and sophistication about how we may be caught or freed from habitual societal patterns.“
      —TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON, guiding Dharma teacher of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago, and author of Faces of Compassion and Zen Questions

      Grieving While Black emerges from the depths of the writer’s soul—as a human being, a Black woman, a Southern-Baptist-raised practicing Buddhist, and advocate, guide, and caretaker for families who are in various states of emotional dishevelment. At a moment in human history where so many people are awakening to racial injustice, this book is a valuable resource to help us cultivate compassion, grieving, and healing together."
      —STEPHEN MURPHY-SHIGEMATSU, lecturer in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, and author of From Mindfulness to Heartfulness
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    Hood Feminism Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Mikki Kendall
    9780525560562 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory On Sale Date:February 23, 2021
    $22.00 CAD 5 x 7.7 x 0.75 in | 0.46 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:24 Penguin Books
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      A New York Times Bestseller

      A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020

      A potent and electrifying critique of today’s feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in black feminism

      “My wish is that every white woman who calls herself a feminist (as I do) will read this book in a state of hushed and humble respect.”—Elizabeth Gilbert

      Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?

      In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.
      Mikki Kendall is a New York Times bestselling writer, speaker, and blogger whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Time, Salon, Ebony, Essence, and elsewhere. An accomplished public speaker, she has discussed race, feminism, violence in Chicago, tech, pop culture, and social media on Good Morning America, The Daily Show, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post, BBC’s Woman’s Hour, and Huff Post Live, as well as at universities across the country. In 2017, she was awarded Best Food Essay from the Association of Food Journalists for her essay on hot sauce, Jim Crow, and Beyoncé. She is also the author of Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights and a co-editor of the Locus-nominated anthology Hidden Youth, as well as a part of the Hugo-nominated team of editors at Fireside Magazine. A veteran, she lives in Chicago with her family.

      Author Residence: Chicago, IL

      Author Hometown: Chicago, IL
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      Named a Best Book of 2020 by Bustle, BBC, and Time
      Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020

      “In prose that is clean, crisp, and cutting, Kendall reveals how feminism has both failed to take into account populations too often excluded from the banner of feminism and failed to consider the breadth of issues affecting the daily lives of millions of women…. Throughout, Kendall thoughtfully and deliberately takes mainstream feminism to task…[but] if Hood Feminism is a searing indictment of mainstream feminism, it is also an invitation. For every case in which Kendall highlights problematic practices, she offers guidance for how we can all do better.”

      “With poise and clarity, Kendall lays out the case for why feminists need to fight not just for career advancement but also for basic needs and issues that often plague women of color, including food security, educational access, a living wage and safety from gun violence. In expertly tying the racial justice and feminist movements together, Kendall’s is one of the most important books of the current moment.”
      —Time, “100 Must-Read Books of 2020”

      Hood Feminism paints a brutally candid and unobstructed portrait of mainstream white feminism: a narrow movement that disregards the needs of the overwhelming majority of women. In the storied tradition of Black feminism stretching back to Maria Stewart, Kendall persuasively contends that women’s basic needs are feminist issues. The fights against hunger, homelessness, poverty, health disparities, poor schools, homophobia, transphobia, and domestic violence are feminist fights. Kendall offers a feminism rooted in the livelihood of everyday women.”
      —Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of  How to Be an Antiracist, in The Atlantic

      “Beautifully centers on the experience of women who face an actual battle on the front lines while mainstream feminists clamor for access to the officers’ club.”
      —The Washington Post

      “A searing indictment of…the modern feminist movement’s failure to support marginalized women and to integrate issues of race, class and sexual orientation.”
      —USA Today

      “This book is an act of fierce love and advocacy, and it is urgently necessary.” 
      —Samantha Irby, author of Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
      “Mikki’s book is a rousing call to action for today’s feminists. It should be required reading for everyone.” 
      —Gabrielle Union, author of We’re Going to Need More Wine

      “Cutting, critical, and consequential, Hood Feminism is required reading for anyone who calls himself or herself a feminist, an urgent piece of feminist discourse. It’s a tough read—especially if you’ve been giving yourself woke feminist gold stars—but that makes it all the more necessary.”
      —Marie Claire

      “My wish is that every white woman who calls herself a feminist (as I do) will read this book in a state of hushed and humble respect. Mikki Kendall is calling out white feminists here—and it’s long overdue that we drop our defenses, listen to her arguments carefully, and then change our entire way of thinking and behaving. As Kendall explains in eloquent and searing simplicity, any feminism that focuses on inequality between men and women without addressing the inequalities BETWEEN women is not only useless, but actually harmful. In the growing public conversation about race, class, status, privilege, and power, this text is essential reading.”
      Elizabeth Gilbert

      “Elicits action by effectively calling out privilege…This can be a tough read, even for the most woke and intersectional feminist, and that’s exactly how it should be.”

      “Hood Feminism is a critical feminist text that interrogates the failings of the mainstream feminist movement and gives us the necessary expertise of Black women. Kendall skillfully illuminates the many intersections of identity and shows us the beauty and power of anger.” 
      —Erika L. Sánchez, author of Lessons on Expulsion and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

      “Kendall is a highly knowledgeable and inspiring guide, and she effectively builds on the work of black women who have, for ages, been working to better the lives of themselves and their communities….  A much-needed addition to feminist discourse.” 
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      “In this forceful and eloquent series of essays, [Kendall] takes on the feminist myopia that ignores the daily existential struggles of women of color and encourages a broader support of society’s most vulnerable citizens. If such support is forthcoming and awareness expanded, then not only will those outside the feminist establishment be empowered, those within the current movement will also be enlightened as to their cause’s true universal potential.”

      “A frank account of who and what is still missing from mainstream feminism that will appeal to readers of women’s and African American studies, and readers seeking a better grasp on history.”
      —Library Journal

      “An energizing critique of the feminist movement’s preference for white women.”

       “Mikki Kendall tells it like it is, and this is why she has long been a must-read writer for me: incisive, clear-eyed, and rightly willing to challenge readers when necessary. Her exploration of how feminists’ fight for liberation has too often left poor people, Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color behind is critical reading for anyone who is or wants to be involved in work addressing complex and longstanding inequalities.” 
      —Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

      “Mikki has been writing for years about protection, ‘problem children,’ the limits and the usefulness of different kinds of anger, and the way sisterhood can be wielded as a demand. She’s here for her community, and this book has everything to do with expanding access to it.” 
      —Daniel Mallory Ortberg, author of The Merry Spinster and Texts from Jane Eyre

      “Mikki Kendall has established herself as an important voice in current feminist discourse, and Hood Feminism cements that place. With a compelling, forceful piece, Kendall has written the missive that feminists—especially white feminists—need to remember the racist history of who we are as a movement and to move forward with an intersectional and deliberately anti-racist focus.” 
      —Dianna Anderson, author of Problematic

      “Every white lady should have this book assigned to them before they can talk about feminism in the same way that every human should have to work in the service industry for a year before they can talk about the economy. Ain’t nothing but truth in these words.” 
      —Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
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    Black Film British Cinema II Clive Nwonka, Anamik Saha
    9781912685639 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Film On Sale Date:March 02, 2021
    $40.00 CAD 6.94 x 9 x 0.48 in | 0.88 lb | 248 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Goldsmiths Press
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      The politics of race in British screen culture over the last 30 years vis-a-vis the institutional, textual, cultural and political shifts that have occurred during this period.

      Black Film British Cinema II considers the politics of blackness in contemporary British cinema and visual practice. This second iteration of Black Film British Cinema, marking over 30 years since the ground-breaking ICA Documents 7 publication in 1988, continues this investigation by offering a crucial contemporary consideration of the textual, institutional, cultural and political shifts that have occurred from this period. It focuses on the practices, values and networks of collaborations that have shaped the development of black film culture and representation. But what is black British film? How do such films, however defined, produce meaning through visual culture, and what are the political, social and aesthetic motivations and effects? How are the new forms of black British film facilitating new modes of representation, authorship and exhibition? Explored in the context of film aestheticscuratorship, exhibition and arts practice, and the politics of diversity policy, Black Film British Cinema II provides the platform for new scholars, thinkers and practitioners to coalesce on these central questions. It is explicitly interdisciplinary, operating at the intersections of film studies, media and communications, sociology, politics and cultural studies. Through a diverse range of perspectives and theoretical interventions that offer a combination of traditional chapters, long-form essays, shorter think pieces, and critical dialogues, Black Film British Cinema II is a comprehensive, sustained, wide ranging collection that offers new framework for understanding contemporary black film practices and the cultural and creative dimensions that shape the making of blackness and race.


      Bidisha, Ashley Clark, Shelley Cobb, James Harvey, Melanie Hoyes, Maryam Jameela, Kara Keeling, Oslem Koskal, Rabz Lansiquot, Sarita Malik, Richard Martin, So Mayer, Alessandra Raengo, Richard T. Rodríguez, Tess S. Skadegård Thorsen, Natalie Wreyford
      Dr. Clive James Nwonka is a Lecturer in Film and Literature at the University of York. His academic research covers Black British and American film, literature, and diversity policy in the UK film industry.
      Anamik Saha is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications and co-convenor of the MA in Race, Media and Social Justice at Goldsmiths, University of London.

      Author Residence: London, UK
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    The Black Church This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song Henry Louis Gates Jr.
    9781984880338 Hardcover HISTORY / African American On Sale Date:February 16, 2021
    $40.00 CAD 6.37 x 9.44 x 1.03 in | 1.28 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Press
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      From the New York Times-bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African-American experience, a powerful new history of the Black church in America as the Black community’s abiding rock and its fortress.

      For the young Henry Louis Gates, Jr., growing up in a small, segregated West Virginia town, the church was his family and his community’s true center of gravity. Within those walls, voices were lifted up in song to call forth the best in each other, and to comfort each other when times were at their worst. In this book, his tender and magisterial reckoning with the meaning of the Black church in American history, Gates takes us from his own experience onto a journey across more than four hundred years and spanning the entire country. At road’s end, we emerge with a new understanding of the centrality of the Black church to the American story—as a cultural and political force, as the center of resistance to slavery and white supremacy, as an unparalleled incubator of talent, and as a crucible for working through the community’s most important issues, down to today.

      In a country that has historically afforded its citizens from the African diaspora tragically few safe spaces, the Black church has always been more than a sanctuary; it’s been a place to nourish the deepest human needs and dreams of the African-American community. This fact was never lost on white supremacists: from the earliest days of slavery, when enslaved people were allowed to worship at all, their meeting houses were subject to surveillance, and often destruction. So it continued, long after slavery’s formal eradication; church burnings and church bombings by the Ku Klux Klan and others have always been a hallmark of the violent effort to suppress the struggle for equality for the African-American community. The past often isn’t even past—Dylann Roof committed his slaughter in Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church 193 years after the church was first burned down by whites following a thwarted slave rebellion.

      But as Gates brilliantly shows, the Black church has never been only one thing. Its story lies at the vital center of the civil rights movement, and produced many of its leaders, from the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on, but at the same time there have always been churches and sects that eschewed a more activist stance, even eschewed worldly political engagement altogether. That tension can be felt all the way to the Black Lives Matter movement and the work of today. Still and all, as a source of strength and a force for change, the Black church is at the center of the action at every stage of the American story, as this enthralling history makes vividly clear.
      Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. An award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or coauthored more than twenty books and created more than twenty documentary films, including his groundbreaking genealogy series Finding Your Roots. His six-part PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, earned an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, and an NAACP Image Award. This series and his PBS documentary series Reconstruction: America after the Civil War were both honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. His most recent PBS documentary is The Black Church.

      Author Residence: Boston, MA

      Author Hometown: Piedmont, WV
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      “Gates Jr. sublimely evokes the power of worship to create both religious and political solidarity. Drawing on meticulous archival research, as well as on insightful interviews with a diverse group of religious leaders, Gates plumbs the history of the Black church in America…. [This] enthralling book offers a powerful reminder that our actions affect the communities in which we live.” BookPage

      “Vibrant, incisive…Meticulously reported, the book is its own rich sermon…it’s nigh impossible to not stamp our feet and shout, ‘Amen!’…A marvel, a breezy, illuminating tale of a distinctly powerful institution at the beating heart of the American Experiment, and an invaluable work from a masterful chronicler.” —Hamilton Cain, Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “Engaging…. In Gates’s telling, the Black church shines bright even as the nation itself moves uncertainly through the gloaming, seeking justice on earth—as it is in heaven.” —Jon Meacham, New York Times Book Review
      “Gates’s thoughtful, comprehensive survey…examines the political as well as the spiritual role of the Black Church, and the way it has both shaped and been shaped by the world outside the walls of individual churches.” Columbus Dispatch
      “Sweeping, vivid…. The eminent Harvard historian and connoisseur of American lives [Henry Louis Gates, Jr.] turns his compassionate gaze to the black church, illuminating a pantheon of good shepherds who brought a fierce social conscience to the Lord’s work. Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson, Barbara Hale, recently-elected Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock: all spring to life as spiritual visionaries and carpenters of the arc of justice.” —Oprah Magazine
      “Gates combines reflections on his childhood with centuries of history in his thoughtful examination of the Black church in America. Blending research, interviews with scholars and insights from his own life, Gates illuminates the central role of the Black church in the movement for social justice and the support network it has been for a community often in need of safe spaces…. [The Black Church] is as comprehensive as it is celebratory.” —Time

      “Fascinating…Meticulously researched, The Black Church spans more than 400 years of Black ecclesiastical history in the United States States—beginning with Catholic enslaved people brought by the Spaniards and continuing all the way to John Legend’s take on the essential role the church played in his early life.” —Shelf Awareness

      “Readers of American religious and African American history will not want to miss this title.” —Library Journal

      “[An] invaluable illumination of the many ways the Black church has been an ongoing epicenter of inspiration and action.” —Booklist (starred)

      “Through meticulous research and interviews…Gates paints a compelling portrait of the church as a source of ‘unfathomable resiliency’ for Black ancestors as well as the birthplace of so many distinctly African American aesthetic forms…. Powerful, poignant, and ultimately celebratory. Let the church say, ‘Amen!’” —Kirkus (starred review)
      “A brisk and insightful look at how the Black church has succored generations of African Americans against white supremacy…. Punctuated by trenchant observations from Black historians and theologians, Gates’s crisp account places religious life at the center of the African American experience.” Publishers Weekly

      “Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has once again delved deep into the doings and sufferings of Black people in the USA! This time he gives us a rich story and riveting song of the profound forms of spirituality and musicality that sustained Black sanity and dignity. Although Gates rightly highlights the centrality of the ambiguous legacy of the Black Church, he also explores the crucial realities of Islam and other non-Christian religious practices. And the last powerful and playful chapter on his personal dance with an elusive Holy Ghost lays bare his own signifying genius grounded in a genuine love of Black people and culture!” —Cornel West

      “Absolutely brilliant—a book that should spark a very rich conversation within the field and echo far beyond it. Its reckoning with the Holy Ghost in the context of Gates’s own childhood is extraordinary. More than a wonderful synthesis of a deep literature about Black Christendom, it is a necessary reminder of where the Black community has found its strength to persevere, and to fight, and where it must find it still. Not least, Gates shows us that sacred music has never just been music; it is a taproot and a through-line across all of American history. A necessary and moving work.” —Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., author of Begin Again

      “A brilliant book: while I’ve spent some years studying this topic, I was enriched by how much new still is to be learned. Gates’s insights into the role of the Holy Ghost in the Black Church are particularly revelatory. This is a rich and absorbing survey of the people, ideas, institutions, and expressions that have formed Black American history, and indelibly imprinted all of American history. You’ll learn a lot about the past, and understand more about the present. Absolutely marvelous.” —Paul Harvey, Professor of History, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, author of Through the Storm, Through the Night: A History of African American Christianity

      “A path-breaking book: Henry Louis Gates approaches the Black Church as a subversive cultural system, opening up a vital cross-disciplinary conversation about the true import of this pillar of the African American community, so central to our history, our identity, and our movements for social justice. As engaging as a compelling novel yet brimming with important contemporary scholarship, The Black Church sheds brilliant new light on the problem of religion and race in America, and the critical role of Black Christians in achieving equity, justice, and the ‘healing of the nation.’” —Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Assistant Pastor, Union Baptist Church; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor, African American Studies and Sociology, Colby College

      “If you want to understand the long arc of black struggle, hope and resilience, read Gates’ The Black Church.  It is a concise and compelling history of the significance of black churches in American society.” —Marla Frederick, PhD, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture, Emory University, Candler School of Theology
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    It's Not All Downhill From Here A Novel Terry McMillan
    9781984823755 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date:February 09, 2021
    $23.00 CAD 5.2 x 7.9 x 0.78 in | 0.58 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Ballantine Books
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      After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life in this New York Times bestseller.

      “McMillan brings her signature wit and wisdom to It’s Not All Downhill From Here.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

      Loretha Curry’s life is full. A little crowded sometimes, but full indeed. On the eve of her sixty-eighth birthday, she has a booming beauty supply empire, a gaggle of lifelong friends, and a husband who’s still got moves that surprise. True, she’s carrying a few more pounds than she should be, but she’s not one of those women who thinks her best days are behind her, and she’s determined to prove her mother, her twin sister, and everyone else with that outdated view of aging wrong—it’s not all downhill from here.

      But when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down, Loretha will have to summon all her strength, resourcefulness, and determination to keep on thriving, pursue joy, heal old wounds, and chart new paths. With a little help from her friends, of course.

      Story Locale: Pasadena, CA
      Terry McMillan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, and The Interruption of Everything and the editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. Each of Ms. McMillan’s seven previous novels was a New York Times bestseller, and four have been made into movies: Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Disappearing Acts, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short. She lives in California.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles
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      “McMillan brings her signature wit and wisdom to It’s Not All Downhill From Here. …[She] has a gift for creating characters who face serious problems and still have the ability to laugh at themselves…. If getting older is this joyful, despite the painful losses, bring it on.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

      “I couldn’t put this book down. Not only would I recommend it to others, but I already handed it off to my mom for her to read next.”BuzzFeed

      “The novel skillfully renders the bonds between multiple generations of women…. It’s Not All Downhill From Here is a funny and honest portrait of a woman, late in life, finding second chances. Like a time-tested friendship, the novel comforts.”San Francisco Chronicle

      “McMillan proves once again that she is a skilled master at writing dialogue for strong, intelligent women who know how to laugh in the face of tragedy instead of being consumed by it.”—Associated Press

      “A hopeful and hilarious novel that women of all ages can relate to.”—Travel & Leisure

      “[A] warm, winning novel.”—AARP

      “Lively, perceptive…McMillan writes with a staggering depth of feeling, credibly capturing the characters’ emotions as she unpacks their interpersonal conflicts. This delightful novel balances inspiration for renewal with the hard facts of aging.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “This is a story of the power of women and the inspiring lives they lead.”—She Reads

      “This baldly honest, laugh-out-loud story …will remind you of just how healing friendship can be.”Good Housekeeping

      “A deeply moving book that gently balances the realities—both personal and societal—of aging with a hopeful message: It’s never too late to change how you’re living your life.”—Salon

      “This is another winner from McMillan.”BookPage
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    Elegy for Mary Turner An Illustrated Account of a Lynching Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, Mariame Kaba, Julie Armstrong, C. Tyrone Forehand
    9781788739047 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional On Sale Date:March 16, 2021
    $33.95 CAD 6.05 x 9.19 x 0.27 in | 0.46 lb | 80 pages Carton Quantity:60 Verso
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      A lyrical and haunting depiction of American racial violence and lynching, evoked through stunning full-color artwork

      In late May 1918 in Valdosta, Georgia, ten Black men and one Black woman—Mary Turner, eight months pregnant at the time—were lynched and tortured by mobs of white citizens.

      Through hauntingly detailed full-color artwork and collage, Elegy for Mary Turner names those who were killed, identifies the killers, and evokes a landscape in which the NAACP investigated the crimes when the state would not and a time when white citizens baked pies and flocked to see Black corpses while Black people fought to make their lives—and their mourning—matter.

      Included are contributions from C. Tyrone Forehand, great-grandnephew of Mary and Hayes Turner, whose family has long campaigned for the deaths to be remembered; abolitionist activist and educator Mariame Kaba, reflecting on the violence visited on Black women’s bodies; and historian Julie Buckner Armstrong, who opens a window onto the broader scale of lynching’s terror in American history.
      Rachel Marie-Crane Williams is an artist and teacher, currently an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa in Art and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. Her work as a researcher and creative scholar has always been focused on women’s issues, community, art, and people who are incarcerated. She has worked with incarcerated women since 1994. Her scholarship—both graphic and textual—has been published by the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, and The International Journal of Comic Art, The Journal of Correctional Education, The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, The Journal of Art Education, and Visual Arts Research.

      Author Residence: Iowa City, Iowa

      Author Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
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      “In this particular historical moment when young Black people are engaged in a renewed struggle against state violence, Mary Turner’s story resonates. She insists that we #SayHerName too.”
      —Mariame Kaba, founder and director of Project NIA, from the introduction

      “Harrowing … This succinct work confronts readers with atrocity, in a necessary tribute.”
      Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Retells the story [of Mary Turner’s murder] in a manner at once unflinching, and, at turns, delicate. The delicacy is owed to Williams’ rendering.”
      —Rosalind Bentley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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    Four Hundred Souls A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
    9780593134047 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional On Sale Date:February 02, 2021
    $42.00 CAD 6.44 x 9.54 x 1.66 in | 1.76 lb | 528 pages Carton Quantity:12 One World
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      A “choral history” of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 90 writers, edited by the bestselling, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain.

      2019 marked the four hundredth anniversary of the first captive Africans in Virginia—and also launched the Four Hundred Souls project, spearheaded by Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, and Keisha N. Blain, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and the president of the African American Intellectual History Society. They’ve gathered together ninety Black writers from all disciplines to tell one of history’s great epics: the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. With lyrical interludes from ten poets, eighty writers take on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span, exploring their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemic. This comprehensive, dynamic, single-volume work is an essential historical keepsake.
      Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is the author of five books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian, professor, and writer. She is currently an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, the president of the African American Intellectual History Society, and an editor for The Washington Post’s “Made by History” section. Her writing has appeared in popular outlets such as The Atlantic, The Guardian, Politico, and Time. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle of Freedom and Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Vision of America.

      Author Residence: Boston, MA

      Author Hometown: New York, NY
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      “The authors, each in their individual voice, raise a Black chorus, demystify racial assumptions, connect the dots of law and jurisprudence, lay the unspoken cultural truths bare, look at the engineering of the foundational aspects of institutional racism and show an America ashamed of its history…. Feel the endurance and resilience of how Blacks resisted, revolted, organized, demanded, protested and rebelled. Feel the joy in the absurdity of remaining American in the face of such obstacles.”—George McCalman,  San Francisco Chronicle

      “This collection teaches us that nothing about the latest crisis is new—that for four hundred years, Americans have whistled a ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ tune of national self-congratulation while reliving repeating cycles of racial violence and hypocrisy…. This project is a vital addition to that curriculum on race in America and should serve as a gateway to the solo works of all the voices in Kendi and Blain’s impressive choir.”The Washington Post

      “Two leading scholars of Black culture gather writers from across genres in this provocative, stirring anthology on the traumas and triumphs of African Americans across four centuries. From journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on Jamestown’s first slaves to historian Annette Gordon-Reed’s portrait of Sally Hemings to the seductive cadences of poets Jericho Brown and Patricia Smith, Four Hundred Souls weaves a tapestry of unspeakable suffering and unexpected transcendence.”O: The Oprah Magazine, “20 of the Best Books of February 2021 to Fall in Love With”

      “Edited by two of the brightest minds in all of literature and historical studies today, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Keisha N. Blain, the massive tome takes a community approach to telling the stories of Black history for the past four hundred years. . . . Absolutely essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about the incredible struggles and immense achievements of African America over the past four centuries.”—Shondaland

      “Four Hundred Souls consists of eighty chronological chapters that bring to life the numerous and previously overlooked facets of slavery, segregation, resistance and survival. In these pages, dozens of extraordinary lives and personalities resurface from archives and are restored to their rightful place in the narrative of American history.”The Root

      "An impeccable, epic, essential vision of American history as a whole and a testament to the resilience of Black people.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “With a diverse range of up-and-coming scholars, activists, and writers exploring topics both familiar and obscure, this energetic collection stands apart from standard anthologies of African American history.”Publishers Weekly

      “This seamless collection crackles with rage, beauty, bitter humor, and the indomitable will to survive.”Booklist (starred review)
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    The Black Panther Party A Graphic Novel History David F. Walker, Marcus Kwame Anderson
    9781984857705 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction On Sale Date:January 19, 2021
    $25.99 CAD 7.06 x 10 x 0.68 in | 1.26 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y Ten Speed Press
    • Marketing Copy

      A bold and fascinating graphic novel history of the revolutionary Black Panther Party.

      Founded in Oakland, California, in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a radical political organization that stood in defiant contrast to the mainstream civil rights movement. This gripping illustrated history explores the impact and significance of the Panthers, from their social, educational, and healthcare programs that were designed to uplift the Black community to their battle against police brutality through citizen patrols and frequent clashes with the FBI, which targeted the Party from its outset.

      Using dramatic comic book-style retellings and illustrated profiles of key figures, The Black Panther Party captures the major events, people, and actions of the party, as well as their cultural and political influence and enduring legacy.

      Publication History: TR Original
      David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His work in comic books includes Shaft, winner of the Glyph Award for Story of the Year, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Secret Wars: Battleworld, Cyborg, The Army of Dr. Moreau, and Number 13. He is also the creator of the critically-acclaimed YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan and the author of the graphic novel biography The Life of Frederick Douglass. Recognized as a leading scholar expert of African American cinema, Walker produced one of the definitive documentaries on the topic of Blaxploitation films, Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted.

      Author Residence: Portland, OR

      Author Hometown: Portland, OR

      Marcus Kwame Anderson is an illustrator and fine artist. Much of his work explores the beauty and diversity of the African diaspora and often incorporates social commentary. He graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a degree in illustration. Anderson is the co-creator of the comic book series Snow Daze and has illustrated stories in Action Lab's Cash and Carrie and F.O.R.C.E.

      Illustrator Residence: Schenectady , NY

      Illustrator Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
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