Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA timely and groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race in America edited by Jesmyn Ward, the first woman to win the National Book Award twiceIn this bestselling collection of essays and poems, Jesmyn Ward gathers a new generation of writers and thinkers to speak on race. From Claudia Rankine to Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Jericho Brown to Carol Anderson, these voices shine a light on the darkest corners of American history, wrestle with the struggles the country faces today and imagine a better future. Envisioned as a response to The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin's groundbreaking 1963 essay collection, The Fire This Time considers the black experience in modern America. Significant progress has been made in the fifty years since Baldwin's essays were published, but America is a long distance away from a post-racial society - a truth that must be confronted if the country is to continue to work towards change.Baldwin's 'fire next time' is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about. Sage, urgent and impassioned, this is an essential collection edited by one of America's greatest writers.
A timely and ground-breaking collection of essays and poems about race in America from some of its most unique and powerful voices
A stirring anthology that takes more cues from Baldwin than just its title ... Every poem and essay in Ward's volume remains grounded in a harsh reality * New York Review of Books * To Baldwin's call we now have a choral response - one that should be read by every one of us committed to the cause of equality and freedom -- Jelani Cobb, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University Powerful ... Alive with purpose, conviction and intellect * New York Times * This is a book to pick up and tuck under our hearts to see what we can build -- Nikki Giovanni, poet With this gorgeous chorus - Ward... has created a world, a space, the one she, herself, was seeking. A new type of belonging, a new place to belong * LA Review of Books * This is a book that seeks to place the shock of our own times into historical context and, most importantly, to move these times forward * Vogue *
Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hurston/Wright Literary Award and won the Chicago Tribute Heartland Prize and the Media for a Just Society Award. @jesmimi