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Gather the Kids Around for Mondays with Michelle Obama

With everyone at home due to social distancing, various literary organizations and children-focused media houses are being creative about ways to entertain children and families stuck at home. Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS are partnering in a special collaboration to launch Mondays with Michelle Obama. The limited run show features […]

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African and Black Writers Featured in TIME’s 100 Women of the Year Project

TIME magazine designed the 100 Women of the Year project to retrospectively recognize influential women in their “Person of the Year” archive. This annual special issue was known as the “Man of the Year” issue until 1999, and until now only recognized 11 women. The magazine commissioned artists to design one hundred new covers celebrating […]

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Who Is More Left Than the Other? Growing McCarthyism and Fatima Bhutto’s Unfair Criticism of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Tee Ngugi

A year ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie found herself in the eye of a Leftwing storm. In an interview about feminism, she had said that transgender women who used to be men did not suffer discrimination to the same extent that women did. Feminists and transgender women were furious. They attacked her for seeming to suggest […]

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Read an Excerpt from Michelle Obama’s Memoir, Becoming

Michelle Obama’s buzzed-about memoir Becoming will be published in South Africa by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Ahead of the release, The Reading List has obtained an excerpt and some photos from the book. The excerpt is a section titled “Wife and Independence.” Becoming tells the story of the former US First Lady’s […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Will Moderate Michelle Obama’s Book Event at Southbank Center

Michelle Obama has an event for her new memoir Becoming at Southbank Centre, London, and Chimamanda Adichie will be having a live chat session with her. The news was announced on Southbank Centre’s event page. As you can imagine, Adichie’s fans are beyond delighted. The event will take place at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall […]

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Penguin Random House Wins “Heated Auction” over Barack and Michelle Obama’s Books

The bidding war for Barack and Michelle Obama’s post-White House books is over, and Penguin Random House has emerged the winner. They won the worldwide rights to both books after what a New York Times report described as “a heated auction among multiple publishers.” Penguin did not disclose specific terms of the deal. But the word on the […]

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Excuse My Feminism | By Chrystal Omany | A Poem

Excuse me, but That’s me trying to be polite, isn’t it? If not, I’m rude, I’m a mean girl And you don’t want anything to do with me. Excuse me, but Would you be okay with me wearing this tonight? Because society now makes decisions on MY wardrobe, and whether my flattering jeans are slutty or not. Excuse me, […]

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Is Michelle Obama’s Book “Fake”?

People are not liking Michelle Obama’s new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. Let me rephrase. People who believe they have a talent for detecting propaganda are saying that the book is a sad excuse for a campaign photo op.  To prove that Michelle is not the […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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