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Zoom Book Club! "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin.

At once a powerful evocation of his childhood in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, "The Fire Next Time," which galvanized the nation in the early days of the Civil Rights movement, stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

Biographical Note:
JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His first novel, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay collections "Notes of a Native Son" and "The Fire Next Time" were bestsellers that made him an influential figure in the growing civil rights movement. Baldwin spent much of his life in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in France in 1987, a year after being made a Commander of the French Legion of Honor.

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, "The Fire Next Time" galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement--and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. Basically the finest essay I've ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone's hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you." --Ta-Nehisi Coates.

From NPR: A lovely review and an excerpt, here.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am
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The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375701870
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Notes of a Native Son Cover Image
By James Baldwin, Edward P. Jones (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780807006238
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Published: Beacon Press - November 20th, 2012

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525575337
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Published: Crown - July 27th, 2021

To continue learning about Mr. Baldwin...

"In this powerful and elegant book, Glaude weaves together a biography, a meditation, a literary analysis, and a moral essay on America. . . . It is at times both loving and angry, challenging and uplifting, and always beautiful. Both Baldwin and this book speak directly to today." --Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci

The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction: 1948–1985 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807006566
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Published: Beacon Press - September 21st, 2021