I think it’s rather appalling that it takes a “movement” to have these writers included, I would have thought they were long ago. Great writing is great writing – no matter the ethnicity / religion of the author. Still, I’m glad to see the change is finally happening.
The University of Cambridge’s English faculty is taking steps to “decolonise” the curriculum in response to a student campaign.
Full Story: Cambridge University moves to ‘decolonise’ English literature curriculum | London Evening Standard
All of which asks the question Reynolds posed to his young audience: “How is it that a kid like me, a kid who grew up reading no books, eventually became a man who writes books for y’all?”
The tale of Reynolds’s transformation from a non-reader living on the edge in Oxon Hill, Md., to a literary celebrity is the kind of relatable story he wished he’d read when he was a kid. “It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” he said in an interview in the District, where he lives part-time.
Full Story: Jason Reynolds on ‘Long Way Down’ and how he became a writer – The Washington Post
Bernie Ditchik, 93, is still driving, playing tennis, sculpting, and, perhaps his most impressive feat, starting a new chapter in his life as an author.
The father of three and grandpa of five served in the Navy during World War II and later went on to run a costume jewelry business. Penning books was never part of his plan. Then he retired and his family suggested he write down the creative bedtime stories he had always come up with in his head.
Full Story: 93-year-old grandfather is now a children’s book author – Story | WNYW
We Wanted a Revolution at the Brooklyn Museum tracks the shape-shifting radicalism of black women artists, authors, filmmakers, dancers, gallerists, and public figures between 1965 and 1985.
Story at: The Black American Women Who Made Their Own Art World