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EVENT: Thabiti Lewis in Conversation with Dr. Eleanor Traylor

Join online as Thabiti Lewis discusses his newest book, Black People Are My Business : Toni Cade Bambara’s Practices of Liberation, with Howard University professor emeritus, scholar and literary critic Dr. Eleanor Traylor.

Thabiti Lewis, Professor of English and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Washington State University, Vancouver, uses his new work to study the works of Bambara (1939–1995), an author, documentary filmmaker, social activist, and professor.

His analysis serves as a cultural biography, examining the liberation impulses in Bambara’s writing, which is concerned with practices that advance the material value of the African American experience and exploring the introspection between artist production and social justice. This is the first monograph that focuses on Bambara’s unique approach and important literary contribution to 1970s and 1980s African American literature. It explores her unique nationalist, feminist, Marxist, and spiritualist ethos, which cleared space for many innovations found in black women’s fiction.

You can find Black People Are My Business at the WSU Vancouver Library and on Wayne State University Press’ website.

This event is sponsored by WSU Vancouver Library in collaboration with Wayne State University Press. For more information on the book, please contact Kristina Stonehill, Promotions Manager at (313) 577-6127 or kristina.stonehill@wayne.edu.

Thursday, October 8, 2020
6:00 PM EST - 7:00 PM EST
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"Black People Are My Business"

Toni Cade Bambara's Practices of Liberation

Thabiti Lewis

Exploration of Bambara’s practices of liberation that encourage resistance to oppression and solidarity.

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Published: September 2020
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