Jabari Asim, tonight at Busboys and Poet
“Think Donald Goines sucked of all his cheap seediness and rewritten by a snappy master of dialogue like Raymond Carver and you’re close. It’s the sort of sprawling mini-epic that you can imagine being adapted into the next great HBO show somewhere down the line.”
— Baltimore City Paper
Source: The Bluesy Sweep of Black Life
Illustrators gathered on Thursday to talk about promoting children’s books by African-Americans, and about striving toward a future where readers, writers, and publishers do not feel confined or limited by labels.
If you didn’t know Jabari Asim was from St. Louis, a quick look at his first novel, “Only the Strong,” makes it clear. An Arch dominates the cover of the
One of the special pleasures of reading African-American fiction is relishing the names of characters. Ralph Ellison, for example, created a couple of the most memorable in “Invisible Man”: Dr. Bledsoe, the two-faced president of the protagonist’s college, and Rinehart, the mysterious Harlem con man/minister. Toni Morrison is an absolute master at contriving names that simultaneously intrigue, mystify and suggest deep layers of meaning. Perhaps her most memorable: Pilate Dead, matriarch of the Dead family in “Song of Solomon.”
In Jabari Asim’s new novel “Only the Strong” the main characters find themselves seeing what they value as strengths from a different vantage point.
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Jabari Asim, associate professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing at