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Chaz Ebert on why we need to ‘give a FECK’
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Chaz Ebert on why we need to ‘give a FECK’
As a young girl growing up in the west side of Chicago, Chaz Ebert was most notably two things: a voracious reader and a precocious entrepreneur. Both her mother, who worked at a publishing company at the time, and one of her sisters, who shaped Ebert’s reading tastes, were bookworms, and Ebert followed in their stead.
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Attention bookworms and bibliophiles: The Greater Roxbury Book Fair is back
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Arts & Culture
Attention bookworms and bibliophiles: The Greater Roxbury Book Fair is back
For the second year in a row, Roxbury will dedicate a day to centering the literary arts, as the Greater Roxbury Book Fair returns to the Roxbury branch of the Boston Public Library.
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Courtney Vance brings Black men’s mental health issues to light
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Courtney Vance brings Black men’s mental health issues to light
For Black communities, and especially Black men, mental health can often be a taboo subject, but actor Courtney Vance is fighting to bring the issue out of the shadows.
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Author Keith Boykin probes persistent questions of race
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Author Keith Boykin probes persistent questions of race
Keith Boykin wasn’t planning on writing a book in 2022 when the idea for “Why Does Everything Have to Be about Race?” took hold.
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New book by Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley explores queer identities in spiritual spaces
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New book by Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley explores queer identities in spiritual spaces
When Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley revealed his queer identity to his congregation at the historic Myrtle Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts, the group embraced him with love and acceptance.
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Three authors share path to resistance in new books
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Three authors share path to resistance in new books
Fall is a season of book releases, and the Harvard Book Store, an independent shop  in Harvard Square, recently hosted three authors whose new books, already bestsellers, explore the lives of women who become changemakers.
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In publishing, portrayal of diversity still needs work
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In publishing, portrayal of diversity still needs work
A new study of racial representation in U.S. school books by The Education Trust holds that numbers alone don’t cut it: To change unequal representation for people of color is to change not only how many are portrayed, but also how they’re portrayed.
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Oldest Tulsa massacre survivor releases memoir
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Oldest Tulsa massacre survivor releases memoir
More than 100 years later, Viola Fletcher can still vividly remember the smell of her thriving neighborhood — dubbed America’s “Black Wall Street” — burning.
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Author Michael Harriot sets the record straight in ‘Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America’
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Author Michael Harriot sets the record straight in ‘Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America’
Michael Harriot, author, historian and public intellectual, has a new book, “Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America,” that will be published on Sept. 19 with Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.
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Racism illustrated: Ibram X. Kendi, Joel Christian Gill collab. on graphic history of racist ideas in U.S.
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Racism illustrated: Ibram X. Kendi, Joel Christian Gill collab. on graphic history of racist ideas in U.S.
Historian, academic and writer Ibram X. Kendi, in collaboration with Joel Christian Gill, chair of MFA program in Visual Narrative at Boston University, this month released a graphic version of Kendi’s 2016 book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” 
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‘The Sum of Us’ calculates the cost of racism
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‘The Sum of Us’ calculates the cost of racism
Heather McGhee recently shared a few of the lessons she learned researching and writing her 2021 New York Times bestseller, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together,” with a large audience of educators at Brookline High School.
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Music and memories: Local journalist Carmen Fields recalls her musician father in debut book
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Music and memories: Local journalist Carmen Fields recalls her musician father in debut book
Award-winning Boston-based journalist Carmen Fields grew up in a house full of music. Her father, Ernest (Ernie) Lawrence Fields, was a trombonist, pianist, musical arranger and bandleader who toured in the Southern United States with an orchestral territory band.
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