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.”