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Dutch novel echoes urban American themes
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Arts & Culture
Dutch novel echoes urban American themes
Three women in an urban beauty salon scheme and plot against the manipulative owner to get their due in a madcap mix of social, romantic and material ambition. Everything, of course, goes terribly wrong but terribly funny in Dutch novelist Najoua Martin’s darkly comedic debut, which draws on Black beauty and barbershop humor.
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Hidden no more: New book from Free Soil Arts Collective tells Lowell’s Black stories
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Hidden no more: New book from Free Soil Arts Collective tells Lowell’s Black stories
Free Soil Arts Collective has debuted a book of interviews with Black residents of Lowell. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Stories of Black Lowell,” published Dec. 13, delves into the history of the city that’s often left behind in archives and dialogues.
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Arts & Culture
2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival, Saturday Apr. 24
The second annual National Antiracist Book Festival is a one-day event taking place this Saturday, April 24 through Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. Due to the pandemic, last year’s event was cancelled, and this year it will be virtual.
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Local arts and culture advocate publishes first children’s book
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Arts & Culture
Local arts and culture advocate publishes first children’s book
Candelaria Norma Silva is a creative powerhouse. A community arts and culture advocate, consultant and writer, the Dorchester resident has been crafting children’s stories for years. The 2020 COVID-19 shutdowns finally gave her the time and headspace she needed to publish her first standalone children’s book, “Stacey Became a Frog One Day.”
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‘Well-Read Black Girl Festival’ goes virtual
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Arts & Culture
‘Well-Read Black Girl Festival’ goes virtual
The annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival begins virtually on Friday, Nov. 6 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 8. This year’s theme is “Black Political Power: Past & Present,” and the weekend will include multiple panels, workshops, author conversations, and tributes to Octavia Butler and Nikki Giovanni.
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Claudia Rankine: Seeking real dialogue on racism and whiteness
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Claudia Rankine: Seeking real dialogue on racism and whiteness
Author Claudia Rankine recently took part in a virtual conversation hosted by Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge. Joining her in the online event was Kierstan Carter, a doctoral student in African and African American Studies at Harvard.
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Books by black authors to savor while social distancing
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Arts & Culture
Books by black authors to savor while social distancing
Reading has long been an escape from the challenges of everyday life. While Bostonians stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s become more important than ever.
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Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett publishes third children’s book — ‘Dear Black Boy.’
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Arts & Culture
Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett publishes third children’s book — ‘Dear Black Boy.’
Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett may have the legacy of a football player, but he has the soul of an artist. Bennett has produced films, books and apps all with the goal of inspiring young people. His latest children’s book “Dear Black Boy” debuted this year.
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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
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Black History
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
On Tremont Street in Lower Roxbury there is a building with a mural on it. It features the likeness of Frederick Douglass. Who was Frederick Douglass?
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‘Buy Me, Boston’
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Arts & Culture
‘Buy Me, Boston’
On October 24 local journalist and hip-hop historian Brian Coleman will debut his latest book “Buy Me Boston: Local Ads and Flyers Vol. 1.” The collection of over 390 color and black and white ads from Boston area newspapers provides a history of the city through the products being marketed to it.
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Ekua Holmes illustrations to be featured in two new books
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Arts & Culture
Ekua Holmes illustrations to be featured in two new books
Two new children’s books featuring illustrations by beloved Roxbury artist Ekua Holmes will be published in September: “The Stuff of Stars” and “What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan."
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Poet and artist Terrence Hayes reads from his book of sonnets
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Arts & Culture
Poet and artist Terrence Hayes reads from his book of sonnets
At Harvard Book Store in Cambridge last month, award-winning poet Terrance Hayes read selections from his latest book, “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.”
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