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Belly of The Beast: Da'Shaun L. Harrison Book Talk

Aug 26 - We are thrilled to host our very first in-person book talk with Da'Shaun L. Harrison on August 26, 2021! Da’Shaun Harrison – a fat, Black, disabled, and nonbinary trans writer–offers an incisive, fresh, and precise exploration of anti-fatness as anti-Blackness, foregrounding the state-sanctioned murders of fat Black men and trans and nonbinary masculine people in historical analysis. 

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Black Boy Joy Launch Event

Aug 3 - We are elated to host the launch event for Black Boy Joy on August 3, 2021. Black Boy Joy is an upcoming middle grade anthology, edited by Kwame Mbalia, NC-based author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. We are joined by a powerhouse team of authors and contributors to Black Boy Joy: BB Alston, Don P. Hooper, George M. Johnson, Justin A. Reynolds, and of course, Kwame Mbalia. 

These are today’s top and rising-star Black authors who have contributed genre-spanning stories to this fresh and vital middle-grade anthology about the joys and complexities of Black boyhood. Can’t wait!


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Virtual Book Talk: Barbara Boswell & Shanna Greene Benjamin, The Intellectual Legacies of Black Women

June 9 - Professor Shanna Greene Benjamin and Dr. Barbara Boswell celebrate their new books and lead us in conversation about the intellectual legacies of Black Women in South Africa and the US.


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Virtual Book Talk: Sifiso Mzobe and Jacob Ross, Crime Writing in South Africa and the Caribbean

Jun 2nd - We celebrate the US publication of Sifiso Mzobe's Young Blood, the novel named one of the Most Anticipated Crime Novels of 2021 by Crime Reads. Mzobe will be in conversation with novelist, short story writer and editor, Jacob Ross whose crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers won the inaugural Jhalak Prize in 2017.

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Virtual Book Launch: How To Go Mad Without Losing Your Mind

Jun 15th - Join us for a spirited conversation and celebration of La Marr Jurelle Bruce's new book, How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind: Madness and Black Radical Creativity (Duke University Press). This event is free with registration. All are welcome, on Tuesday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m. EST.

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Virtual Poetry Reading: L. Teresa Church, Cynthia Manick, & L. Lamar Wilson

Apr 29th - Join Blair and Rofhiwa Bookcafé for a celebration of National Poetry Month with a virtual reading by poets L. Teresa Church, Cynthia Manick, and L. Lamar Wilson, on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. EST.

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Dr. Stella Nyanzi & Prof. Tsitsi Jaji

March 26th — In this first conversation we invite two poets, Dr. Stella Nyanzi and Professor Tsitsi Jaji. In one hour and across two continents, we asked them to read and reflect and take us wherever they wished to go. 


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